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The Will of McLaury
By Paul Lee Johnson
When Frank and Tom McLaury died in the Oct. 26, 1881, gunfight near the O.K. Corral, their older brother Will came to Tombstone to bury them and seek justice against the Earps and Doc Holliday

Massacre at Dawn in Arizona Territory
By Carol A. Markstrom and Doug Hocking
Mexican and white residents of Tucson wanted to strike back at the Apache raiders of the region, so they recruited other Indians for a deadly surprise attack near Camp Grant

Clay Allison: ‘Good-Natured Holy Terror’
By Sharon Cunningham
In New Mexico Territory the shootist struck fear in enemies during the Colfax County War, but then he returned to Texas to peacefully raise cows and a family

The Great Diamond Hoax of 1872
By John Koster
Two prospectors showed up with uncut diamonds at San Francisco’s Bank of California, intriguing investors and sparking a sparkling con game

Phantom Raiders on the Trinity
By Richard F. Selcer
Comanches had long terrorized the Texas frontier, and now the self-styled “Lords of the Plains” swooped down on the Fort Worth Army post—or was it a tall tale?


Editor’s Letter


NEW! Weider Reader
Excerpts from recent articles in other World History Group titles

Author Paul Lee Johnson considers the Top 10 places to go—not counting saloons—in 1881 Tombstone, and we present News of the West, including the Wild West History Association’s awards and the best Western history books and novels of the past 60 years, according to the 60-year-old Western Writers of America

By Johnny D. Boggs
Paul Lee Johnson discusses his book The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona: An O.K. Corral Obituary

Bodie Bill burned down his own Wild West town

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By Scott Dyke
Although Ike Clanton may not have been born to run, he returned to his rustling ways and did some more running after surviving the street fight in Tombstone and Wyatt Earp’s vendetta

Pioneers and Settlers
By Lee A. Silva
Wyatt Earp and Josie Marcus Earp spent nearly a half-century together out West, but were they ever officially married and did they have a wedding?


Western Enterprise
By Jane Eppinga
The pioneering newspapers in Arizona Territory included The Weekly Arizonian in Tubac and, later, the Tombstone Epitaph, founded by Wyatt Earp supporter John Clum

Art of the West
By Dr. David D. de Haas
California artist Victor Clyde Forsythe had a love of the peaceful desert and an interest in a loud showdown in Tombstone

Indian Life
By John Koster
Not your typical 19th-century American Indian, Eleazar Williams claimed to be the Lost Dauphin and heir to the French throne

Ghost Towns
By Melody Groves
Founded in 1882, the silver-mining town of Kingston, New Mexico, once boasted 22 saloons and some 7,000 thirsty citizens

By Linda Wommack
In Taos, New Mexico, visitors can see the home in which Kit Carson lived with his family—now a museum dedicated to the frontiersman

Guns of the West
By Jim Dunham
The quick-draw action of 1950s TV Westerns, and the real West, inspired the sport of Fast Draw, which led to Cowboy Action Shooting

Author Paul Lee Johnson recalls books and movies about Tombstone, with the McLaurys in mind. Plus reviews of another Wyatt Earp biography, a Texas Ranger profile, a tale about the Great Diamond Hoax, a Sugarfoot DVD and a gunslinging game

Go West!
Wyoming’s Grand Tetons soar sky high

On the Cover: An intense William Rowland McLaury posed for this photo soon after arriving in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, to bury younger brothers Tom and Frank and to see their killers punished. (Paul L. Johnson Collection)



Discussion: Regarding the gunfight that broke out on October 26, 1881, near Tombstone’s O.K. Corral: Do you see it as a battle between good and evil or a battle between two flawed frontier factions? Which set of brothers—the Earps, Clantons or McLaurys—do you blame most/least for the bloody showdown?

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