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Cover Story
Teddy’s Ride to Recovery
By Roger Di Silvestro
In 1884, grieving the deaths of his mother and wife, Theodore Roosevelt headed west to hunt buffalo and run cattle in Dakota Territory, where his body and spirit reached new heights and his cowboy image was born.

The Cowboy Brigade’s Inaugural Invasion
By R.K. DeArment
Seth Bullock, onetime Deadwood Sheriff, brought rough-and-ready Westerners to Washington, D.C., to ride for Roosevelt.

Wild and Woolly War of Words
By Leo W. Banks
The Wild West wasn’t won with words, but some of the most extraordinary Western figures, from Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday, spoke captivating quotes to die for.

The Poet Bandit of Arizona Territory
By Rita Ackerman
Outlaw William “Red” McNeil was Arizona Territory’s answer to California badman Black Bart, both of whom eluded the law, left behind doggerel verse, did time and then disappeared.

Not Married to Wyatt Earp
In an exclusive interview with Wild West, Glenn Boyer—controversial writer, researcher and curmudgeon—tells where he stands today regarding the “frontier marshal” and other Tombstone matters.

Editor’s Letter


News related to the Wild West, including the 200th anniversary commemoration of Meriwether Lewis’ death, along with Frontier Flashes, upcoming Western events and the Top Ten frontier fauna Westerners know and love.

By Johnny D. Boggs
Actor-turned-writer Louis Kraft retakes the stage to relate the story of Indian agent Ned Wynkoop.

Pawnee Bill, the second most famous “Bill” on the Wild West show circuit, boasted a Quaker wife, May, with a knack for target shooting.

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By Larry Wood
Small-time thugs in Columbus, Kansas, successfully pulled off a string of robberies, until one went too far and killed a constable.

Pioneers and Settlers
By Scott Smith
Hard-drinking newspaperman William Forbes let the California goldfields for Unionville, Nevada, where he set up his trusty old press as satirical editor of The Humboldt Register.

Indian Life
By Claes H. Jacobson
Two prominent Lakota leaders who both visited Washington, D.C., and lived more than 90 years shared the same name—He Dog.


Western Enterprise
By John Koster
Joseph Lee Heywood aspired to be a cashier, but more than his banking career was shattered in 1876 when the James-Younger Gang visited.

Ghost Towns
By Chris Uebelhor
The rowdy railroad town of Canyon Diablo, Arizona, centered on Hell Street, not Main Street.

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
Cavalrymen rescue an express rider from attacking Indians in the 100-year-old Charles Schreyvogel canvas Saving the Dispatch.

By Linda Wommack
Waco’s Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum pays tribute to one of the most celebrated law enforcement agencies on the frontier.

Guns of the West
By George J. Layman
Frontiersmen fancied their Sharps rifles, but the “hammerless” Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 took some getting used to.

Must-read books and must-see movies about Western newspapermen. Plus many recent book reviews and a DVD review of We Shall Remain.

This Plains Indian pipe tomahawk came in handy during times of war and peace.



On the cover: Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) is dressed to kill big game in this 1884 studio portrait that served as the frontispiece of his 1885 book Hunting Trips of a Ranchman. (Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library; colorized by Slingshot Studio, Atlanta, Ga.)




Discussion: Western screenplays put all sorts of interesting words in the mouths of fictional and historic characters. But actual Western frontier figures have produced their fair share of memorable (and perhaps even true) quotes. For instance, newspaperman William Forbes’ reason for investing in a saloon: “Of 20 men, 19 patronize the saloon and one the newspaper. I’m going with the crowd.” What’s the best quote you’ve heard from the real Wild West?

Charlie Russell’s Last Legacy: Near the end of his life, the great Montana artist made two panoramic murals for oil-rich Los Angeles patron Edward L. Doheny

Boyer-Tefertiller Interview: Glenn Boyer and Casey Tefertiller engage in a war of words over Wyatt Earp. Originally published in the October 1998 Wild West.

Glenn Boyer Answers Six Questions About Wyatt Earp

Scott Dyke on Glenn Boyer and the Boyer Collection: Cataloging a life time of research.


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