September 2014

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Signing Off On the Holy Grail

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East Texas Treasure

J.E. Meddaugh photographed these Lakota Sioux ghost dancers on the Pine Ridge Reservation, probably circa 1890. Misinformation about Wovoka’s Ghost Dance movement led to the Wounded Knee Massacre on December 29, 1890. – Courtesy NATIONAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL ARCHIVES, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION –

A Deadly Vision

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Fighting Blades of the Frontier

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Top Western Museums of 2014

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The Arms of a Woman

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Scout for Two Continents

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Billy the Kid

Rough Drafts 9/14

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In a photo of six cowboys, two of them smoke pipes with the bowls turned upside down. Why?

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To what extent did telegraph companies help open the West?

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Where were Belle Starr and Jim Reed married, and did Frank and Jesse James attend the wedding?

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Where does “Arizona” come from?

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Who is buried behind the Tunstall store in Lincoln, New Mexico?

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Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson remained fairly loyal to each other over the years. Considering their self-serving natures, how did that happen?

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Olive a Good Joke

Daniel Boone might have held court under two “judgment trees,” the first in present-day Matson from 1800 to 1804, and the second, on his son Nathan’s property, after 1804. This site was located in 1987. – All photos by Johnny D. Boggs –

Finding Daniel Boone in a Cornfield

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Brian Lebel

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A Shot In The Dark

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Little Robe

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The Gilded General’s Eternal March West

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Invaders in the Big Horns

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Back-Alley Barbary Coast Murder Mystery

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Taking Aim at Gunslingers

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Rollicking Western Filled with Adventure

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Comparing Billy to Billy

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An Army Doctor’s Frontier Revelations

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Hail, Columbia!

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The Western Empire of Geography—and Geometry

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Blazing Saddles—Still Blazin’

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Gritty Realism Inspires Western Author Michael Zimmer’s Love of the West

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The Billy the Kid Photo at a Glance

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September 2014 Events

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Why do some sheriff’s and marshal’s badges have five points or six points?

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Billy the Kid