Mike Coppock
Alaska’s Wild West

Alaska’s Wild West

Adventure and history await discovery across the Last Frontier State.   Several years ago, I was a long-term substitute teacher in the Yup’ik...

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Sooners and Boomers!

Sooners and Boomers!

The Land Run of 1891 was one of the most remarkable events in Western history. One needs to understand that Oklahoma is an instant land. There are...

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Burning Through Texas

Burning Through Texas

To burn through Texas to the Gulf of Mexico was a vision that came to Chief Buffalo Hump that captured the imagination of his people. During the...

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A Campaign from Hell

A Campaign from Hell

America was celebrating its centennial when word came of George Custer’s destruction by the Lakota Sioux at the Little Big Horn (Northern Cheyennes...

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Arrest Those Spies!

Arrest Those Spies!

With all the pomp the Spanish officer could muster so far from present-day Santa Fe, New Mexico, Lt. Facundo Melgares rode into the sprawling Pawnee...

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Jack London’s Alaska

Jack London’s Alaska

Jack London was only 21 years old when he stepped ashore in Alaska in 1897 to find his fortune in gold. He looked boyish and threadbare, as did many...

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Lt. Henry Allen

Lt. Henry Allen

Twenty-five-year-old Army Lt. Henry Allen stood in the Alaskan wilderness in 1885, staring up at the giant columns of frozen ice draping down from...

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