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Wild West February 2019

Wild West Magazine presents the great American frontier from its beginnings to today. America’s western frontier has been a vital part of the country’s myths and reality, from the earliest exploration beyond the territory of the first colonies, to the wide expanses of the western prairies and deserts. Experience the old west and cowboys and Indians from top historical writers. Wild West brings to life the fascinating history, lore and culture of the great American frontier.

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kid keeps laughin’

As portrayed by Paul Newman (at right) in the 1958 film The Left Handed Gun, the Kid seems to enjoy reading about his own exploits. The real Billy, by the way, was right-handed.Wild West editor Gregory Lalire wrote the 2014 historical novel Captured: From the Frontier Diary of Infant Danny Duly and “Halfway to Hell” in the 2018 anthology The Trading Post and Other Frontier Stories. His article about frontier baseball in Roundup, the membership magazine of Western Writers of America, earned him a 2015 Stirrup Award. (PAUL ANDREW HUTTON COLLECTION)Billy the Kid, based on his one accepted surviving photograph, didn’t look much like Paul Newman, Kris Kristofferson, Emilio Estevez or any of the other actors who portrayed him in film. For one thing he had those imperfect choppers. “The…

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WildWestMag.comThis oil by Albert Bierstadt captures The Wolf River, Kansas, Circa 1859.The Bank Crowd and Silver Kings Made a Fortune from the Comstock“Firmly atop the winners’ list were John William Mackay, James Graham Fair, James Clair Flood and William S. O’Brien, known alternately as the ‘Silver Kings’ or ‘Bonanza Kings’ of the Comstock,” writes Chuck Lyons of the mining boom in Virginia City, Nev.More About Albert Bierstadt“He is best known as a landscape painter,” says Karen McWhorter, the Margaret and Dick Scarlett curator of Western American art at the Whitney Western Art Museum in Cody, Wyo. “Even the small paintings have such presence that they feel monumental in a way.”Extended Interview With Steve Friesen“People think he [William Frederick Cody] killed all of the buffalo and exploited the Indians,” says the…

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magic valley

(HERITAGE AUCTIONS (2))Although I am 90 and retired from writing many years ago, I have maintained interest in your excellent coverage of America’s Wild West. Your August 2018 issue aroused my interest as no other issue has, because my father’s family lived through those rough days so adequately described in Mike Coppock’s article “Bloodshed in ‘Magic Valley.’” In 1914 my grandfather Edwards purchased from a land company two 20-acre farm plots near McAllen, Texas. The violence in the area was active at the time, and my grandfather went armed but used his weapon only once. I was surprised to learn that our federal government and others wanted the Texas Rangers disciplined for using excessive force against the bandits. Many people regarded the Rangers as angels sent by the state of…

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10 things you need to know about outlaw billy the kid

Did Billy the Kid kill 21 men in as many years? Not even close—that one is pure myth. (PAUL ANDREW HUTTON COLLECTION (2))1 Two in One: Billy was a bifurcated young man—a friendly, jovial companion to some but also a thief and killer.2 Deadly Gunman: Billy killed four men by himself and several others with groups of shooters.3 Right Fine Reader: Billy loved to read, especially newspapers, dime novels and sensational magazines.4 Could Write, Too: Billy was a strong writer, as his letters to New Mexico Territorial Governor Lew Wallace attest.5 Habla Español: Billy was bilingual and befriended many Hispanics.6 Ladies’ Man: Women young and old reportedly were fond of Billy.7 No Padre: Billy was essentially fatherless but seemed intent on searching for a father figure.8 He Was Right…Handed, That…

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west words

Six thousand population. Five thousand are bad. One thousand of these are known outlaws’—Wells, Fargo & Co. detective Jim Hume said this about Tombstone, Arizona Territory, after venturing there in 1882 to look into stagecoach holdups. Hume’s description, notes John Boessenecker in his 2018 book Shotguns and Stagecoaches, “was more facetious than accurate.”FROM TOP: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE; LIBRARY OF CONGRESS; OLD WEST EVENTS ■…

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EDWIN R. SWEENEYEd Sweeney, 67, a leading authority on Chiricahua Apaches, died on Sept. 6, 2018, in St. Charles, Mo. Born in Stoughton, Mass., on Oct. 16, 1950, Sweeney moved as an adult to St. Charles, where he worked as an accountant and researched Apaches as an independent scholar. He drew on U.S. and Mexican archives for his balanced 2010 tome From Cochise to Geronimo: The Chiricahua Apaches 1874–1886. His earlier books included Cochise: Chiricahua Apache Chief (1991) and Mangas Coloradas: Chief of the Chiricahua Apaches (1998). Sweeney edited the 2014 book Cochise: Firsthand Accounts of the Chiricahua Apache Chief, drawing on more than 50 primary source documents. Though he initially believed Apaches were “warlike by nature,” he came to argue the reverse. Sweeney’s feature “Geronimo: Apache Shaman” was the…