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Their reputation of the mounted Texans was so great, Walker’s Rangers, along with those of fellow-Texans, Colonel Jack Hays and […]
A James Gang member couldn’t turn himself in. Jim Cummins was not the most enthusiastic member of the James-Younger Gang. […]
Dick Liddil found a new calling at the race track. Dick Liddil joined the James Gang in 1879, near the […]
The 1873 Trapdoor Springfield Rifle.
R.F. Zogbaum—the Other Western Illustrator.
New Mexico’s historic Fort Stanton memorializes the courageous officer’s name, but the tragedy behind the young captain’s death and burial bears remembering.
In spite of being a prisoner of war, Goyathlay (his real name) rode in Teddy Roosevelt’s inaugural parade and visited the White House. With his growing national notoriety he began to cash in. He favored three-piece suits, and he had a sweet tooth for lemon pie. He was a master haggler and, by one account, a fearless homemaker. Truth be told, he was a master at beating the White Man at his own game. At the end of his long, rich life, what was his dying wish?
A schoolteacher in New Mexico found the answer.
This is that story.
Western hat makers keep their craft alive one customer — one hat — at a time.
What became of Wyatt Earp’s horse, Dick Naylor? How did the term “Code of the West” originate? Did a youngster named Al Smith name Hole in the Wall?
On Gunsmoke did the actors drink real beer?
The 1898 Indian Congress didn’t please anyone.
A New Mexico community says it’s willing and able to save a historic fort.
Lebel’s 30th Annual Cody Old West Auction and Show continues as a mecca of Western Americana.
Did Sam Bass ever work as a deputy U.S. marshal before becoming an outlaw?
Did Wells Fargo have its own detective force?
Did America Indians kiss on the lips as an expression of affection?
How did wagon trains keep law and order on the trail?
How did cowboys, working in the heat of summer, stay cool in their hats?
Everyone’s hometown maintains its Old West heritage with pride and joy.
For November 2019.
All across the West travelers can still enjoy sweet or savory slice of history.
Visitors to the 49th state will discover Old West adventures abound across the last frontier.
Army Lieutenant Edward W. Casey served his country in the Western Indian campaigns with distinction and honor.
George Stevenson vs Holm Olaf Bursum.
When did the practice of horseshoeing begin, and what was the purpose of doing so?
W. Michael Farmer’s in-depth historical research and Southwestern experiences fill his stories with a genuine sense of time and place. He has published award-winning novels, short stories in anthologies, and essays.
Western Books & Movies
Review ofJohn Willyard's U.S. Model 1855 Series of Small Arms.
Review of Jan MacKell Collins’s Good Time Girls of Colorado: A Red-Light History of the Centennial State and Good Time Girls of Arizona and New Mexico: A Red-Light History of the American Southwest.
Review of Roland De Wolk’s American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford.
Robert Carradine reflects on his career in Westerns and his family’s rich legacy in Hollywood.
Review of Mike Blakely's, A Sinister Splendor: A Mexican War Novel, an ambitious novel of the Mexican War.
Western novelists and historians keep the Old West alive through hard work and their dedication to the crafts of writing and research.