Subscribe to
Wild West
magazine today!


Cover Story
The Arikaras: Custer’s 13th Company
By John Koster
Although often called scouts, the Arikaras who covered Major Marcus Reno’s left flank during the valley attack at the Little Bighorn were U.S. soldiers

Catlin’s Cartoon Collection
A portfolio of 14 oil paintings—not fully realized but certainly nothing to be sniffed at—from 19th-century artist George Catlin’s second Indian Gallery

Lone Star Hit Man Felix Jones
By Jerry J. Lobdill
Paid assassin Felix Robert Jones came from the same Texas County as “Killin’ Jim” Miller and worked with some of the same partners in crime

Stage Fright: The Wickenburg Massacre
By R. Michael Wilson
On November 5, 1871, a group thought to be Indians ambushed a stagecoach 8 miles west of this Arizona Territory town and slaughtered six travelers

Kilroy and the California Cop Killer
By R. Michael Wilson
Ed Moore was, as one newspaper put it, a “lawless and desperate scoundrel,” and he proved it by gunning down a Nevada City, Calif., special policeman


Editor’s Letter

HistoryNet Reader
Excerpts from recent articles in other World History Group titles


C. Lee Noyes, editor of the Battlefield Dispatch for the Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association, shares 10 lessons from the Little Bighorn, author Win Blevins receives the WWA’s Owen Wister Award and Wild West mourns longtime contributor Roger Jay

By Johnny D. Boggs
Canadian author Brian Dippie is an authority on paintings by George Catlin, paintings of George Custer and the American West in general

Photos from two Western last stands—one featuring tamales, the other hot dogs

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By Chip Carlson
Accused cattle thief Tom Waggoner suffered the wrath of Wyoming cattle barons

Pioneers and Settlers
By John Koster
Known to the Arikaras as Swift Buffalo, interpreter Fred Gerard was with those who crossed the Little Bighorn River and with the survivors who made a stand atop Reno Hill


Western Enterprise
By Sherry Monahan
Not into sour Mission grapes, early Californians, notably Agoston Haraszthy and Charles Krug, planted and pushed superior vines and wines

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
Photography has come a long way since the 1880s, but Texas photographer Robb Kendrick is compelled to capture cowboys on tintypes

Indian Life
By John Koster
The Hunkpapa Left Hand served as a U.S. Army scout but seemingly switched sides and was among the honored Lakota dead at the Little Bighorn

Ghost Towns
By Kellen Cutsforth
Vroman, a cozy Colorado community on that state’s southeastern plains, owed its existence to sugar beets and the railroad

By Linda Wommack
The village of Laws, Calif., is no more, but the Laws Railroad Museum & Historic Site still draws visitors to Inyo County

Guns of the West
By George Layman
It wasn’t just frontier heroes who sought to carry or crow about embellished long arms

C. Lee Noyes looks at notable books and movies about the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Plus reviews of recent books on the legendary Calamity Jane, Nevada lawman Tom Logan and trick roper Bee Ho Gray

Go West!
The cavernous realm near Carlsbad, N.M.

On the Cover: Little Brave, one of the Arikara soldiers who marched with Lt. Col. George Custer’s command in June 1876 and attacked the enemy village with Major Marcus Reno’s force on the 25th, died in action at the Little Bighorn. (Cover photo: Glenwood Swanson Collection; colorization by Slingshot Studio, North Hampton, N.H.)



Discussion: In the Southwest the U.S. Army used Apache scouts to hunt Navajos and other Apaches. To the north the Army used a handful of Lakota scouts, as well as scouts from various friendly tribes—Crow, Pawnee, Shoshone, Arikara—to track down renegade Lakotas and Cheyennes. What do you think of the use of such Indian scouts, and how do you rate their respective performances in the Indian wars?

The Battle of Rosebud, A to Z
In Wild West circles June turns our thoughts to the Battle of the Little Bighorn. But June also brings recollections of this other Montana Territory battle, fought just a week earlier in the same campaign

John Coleman – Art of the West
In his bronze sculpture 1876 the California-born artist depicts Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Gall, three of the legendary Indian participants in—and victors of—the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Digital Subscriptions
Wild West is now available in digital versions for any device, including PC, iPad, iPhone and Kindle. Visit To add the digital edition to an existing subscription, call 800-435-0715 and mention code 83DGTL

Facebook and Twitter
Yes, you can now friend and tweet us on these popular social networking site