The Best of True West Online 2015

#1 Billy the Kid Experts Weigh in on the Croquet Photo

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Randy Guijarro, the owner of this photograph, claims the picture includes William Bonney (inset), Tom Folliard, Sallie Chisum, Paulita Maxwell, Josiah “Doc” Scurlock, “Big Jim” French and Antonia Scurlock.

 

#2 Is This Doc Holliday?

Do you believe this is a photograph of the dentist most known for his participation in the 1881 Gunfight Behind the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona? Found near St. Louis, Missouri, by professional photographer Donald J. McKenna, the albumen print, measuring 3 7⁄8 inches by 5½ inches, is mounted on a plain, unmarked, cream-colored card. No provenance links the photo directly to the dentist, but detailed anatomical comparison suggests a match between the known image (the 1872 photo) and the unauthenticated one. – Courtesy Donald J. McKenna –
Do you believe this is a photograph of the dentist most known for his participation in the 1881 Gunfight Behind the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona? Found near St. Louis, Missouri, by professional photographer Donald J. McKenna, the albumen print, measuring 3 7⁄8 inches by 5½ inches, is mounted on a plain, unmarked, cream-colored card. No provenance links the photo directly to the dentist, but detailed anatomical comparison suggests a match between the known image (the 1872 photo) and the unauthenticated one.
– Courtesy Donald J. McKenna –

 

#3 Bozeman’s Darkest Night

Against the backdrop of the beautiful Gallatin Range, Joshua Crissman took this ghastly photograph of the executed prisoners on Sunday morning, February 2, 1873. – Courtesy Museum of the Rockies –
Against the backdrop of the beautiful Gallatin Range, Joshua Crissman took this ghastly photograph of the executed prisoners on Sunday morning, February 2, 1873.
– Courtesy Museum of the Rockies –

 

#4 The Outlaw Davy Crockett

Troublemakers Henry C. Goodman, Gus Heffron and Davy Crockett (from left) pose together in Trinidad, Colorado, during the early 1870s. – Courtesy Chuck Parsons –
Troublemakers Henry C. Goodman, Gus Heffron and Davy Crockett (from left) pose together in Trinidad, Colorado, during the early 1870s.
– Courtesy Chuck Parsons –

 

#5 The Legend of Johnny Ringo

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#6 Curly Bill Laughs at His Fate

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#7 The 100 Best Historical Photos of the American Cowboy

Keeping Their DistanceWilliam Henry Jackson captured this iconic photograph of Texas cowboys with their herd behind them. “We always rode something like seventy-five feet away from the cattle, and sang a song or made some kind of noise,” recalled Evan G. Barnard, who became a Cherokee Strip cowpuncher in 1882. “That was done so that the cattle would not be frightened if we happened to have to ride near them suddenly. If they heard us singing or humming a tune, they knew what was coming. Also the noise we made kept the coyotes away from the herd. They often prowled around and scared the cows that had calves.”–Courtesy Library of Congress –
Keeping Their Distance
William Henry Jackson captured this iconic photograph of Texas cowboys with their herd behind them. “We always rode something like seventy-five feet away from the cattle, and sang a song or made some kind of noise,” recalled Evan G. Barnard, who became a Cherokee Strip cowpuncher in 1882. “That was done so that the cattle would not be frightened if we happened to have to ride near them suddenly. If they heard us singing or humming a tune, they knew what was coming. Also the noise we made kept the coyotes away from the herd. They often prowled around and scared the cows that had calves.”
–Courtesy Library of Congress –

 

#8 A Toast to the Dead

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#9 Doc and Wyatt Split

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#10 The Bandit Who Wouldn’t Give Up

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