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True West December 2020

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The Forgotten Founding Father

Daniel Boone and the Birth of the Frontier Movement

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Cherokee Bill

Bold, Brazen Bank-Robbing Bandit of the Indian Territory

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The Tragedy Of Antelope Creek

In January 1879, the Northern Cheyenne breakout from Fort Robinson ends IN A bloody one-sided victory for the Army.

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Go West!

Travel back in time on America's historic western trails and discover where history happened during the building of a nation.


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A Dickens Christmas on the Frontier

Western pioneers brought the yuletide tradition of roast goose to their holiday hearths.

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Enchanted Rock is a dome of pink granite that rises about 385 feet above the bed of Sandy Creek. Its name comes from folklore; Indians credited the dome with magical powers.

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On the Trail to Texas Statehood

Discover the Lone Star State, from Nacogdoches to Austin , 175 years later .

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¿Quien Es? Billy the Kid vs Pat Garrett

For her he took a bullet in the heart.

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What History Has Taught Me: Gary Goldstein

Gary Goldstein joined the book publishing biz in 1988. This is his first appearance in True West. He cannot promise it will be his last.

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Motorized Posses, Deadly Dry-gulchers And Indian Tobacco

Who was the first sheriff to pursue outlaws in a motorized vehicle? Why'd the women of the Donner Party fare better than the men? And more!

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December 2020 Western Roundup

As the holidays approach, western communities around the country are celebrating, cowboy style.

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Fredericksburg, Texas

German settlers brought unique culture to Texas Hill Country.

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The Battle Over Salt

The San Elizario salt flats were the prize in a Texas feud.

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Shooting Back

Our readers remind us of the variables and vagaries of historic truths, “well-established” facts, headlines and historical photographs.

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The Mystique of the Americas’ First People

Cowan's annual American Indian Art Auction sells out.

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They Don’t Make ’Em Like They Used To

But we’re so lucky they once did.

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Olive Johnson

A coal camp teacher discovered herself and the world in the Mohrland, Utah, melting pot.

Western Books & Movies

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The View Ahead

In the last quarter of the year, publishers are busily touting end-of-the year books and next year’s early releases. From advance copies I have received, I believe fans of Western history and fiction will be busy for the next few months buying and reading a bounty of offerings from publishers, small and large.

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The End Of The Trail

Producer Bobby Roberts’ Western ensemble Monte Walsh remains a classic 50 years later.

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Blind Pig Bonanza

A new biography on the bonanza-seeking Earps, plus new Western histories and biographies on an Old West rifle, Spanish Texas, a coal war gunman and a Sioux War reporter.

More In This Issue

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Capturing Protectors Of Peace

Rare shots of Old West lawmen with firearms—and without.