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Wild West October 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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in this issue

4 min.
bully for roosevelt!

He was a sickly child raised in New York City but became a substantial man of the West. As a young man he had a sizable inheritance and might have enjoyed the easy life among Eastern blue bloods, but he gravitated toward the resilient and self-reliant people of the frontier and embraced his own cowboy persona. He entered politics always prepared to put up an honorable fight without fear of the failures that inevitably came with that territory, but it was out in Dakota Territory he had tested himself against nature and learned valuable lessons about survival and fighting for what he believed in no matter what anybody else thought. The Badlands cowboys and cattlemen at first viewed him as a dude—wholly out of place in their world—but he rode…

4 min.
big die-up

“The Big Die-Up,” by Chuck Lyons, in the April 2019 Wild West, about the death of the open range, is one of the best written descriptive articles I have ever read anywhere. I have read it several times so that it really sinks in. The art in the article says it all, especially if you really look in the eyes of the cattle in the paintings. I am considered pretty tough by people who know me, or at least that is what I have been told, but reading that article slowly and thinking about it brought tears to my eyes. There is no doubt this act of weather changed the course of the West, and Lyons’ article describes it as well as can be done. Jay WarnerMountainair, N.M. ELUSIVE KID I truly enjoyed…

6 min.
10 tidbits about theodore roosevelt

1 Avid Reader: Roosevelt averaged two books a week. While chasing boat thieves in Dakota Territory in the spring of 1886 he brought along Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. 2 Working Hand: Riding herd in the spring of 1885, he spent one 40-hour stretch in the saddle, later stating, “Nobody ever gets enough sleep on a roundup.” 3 Bully for Bison: Roosevelt helped launch a bison breeding program in New York City at the Bronx Zoo, directed by zoologist William Temple Hornaday. As president he created the National Bison Range in western Montana, now home to upward of 350 bison. 4 Long Rider: During his 1903 “Great Loop Tour” of the West the president took a 65-mile horseback ride from Laramie to Cheyenne, Wyo. Among those accompanying him were lawman turned hotelier Seth Bullock…

1 min.
wwha honors

Texas author Jerry Lobdill (left) has earned the Wild West History Association’s Six-Shooter Award for best general Western article for “How Jim Miller Killed Pat Garrett,” which ran in the August 2018 issue of Wild West. Connecting the dots between established facts and a previously untapped interview, Lobdill fingers “Killin’ Jim” for the unsolved 1908 murder of the lawman who killed Billy the Kid. WWHA [wildwesthistory.org] will honor Lobdill and others at its 12th annual Roundup, July 10–13, 2019, in Cheyenne, Wyo. Among the other award winners are Wild West contributors John Boessenecker, for best book (Shotguns and Stagecoaches: The Brave Men Who Rode for Wells Fargo in the Wild West), and Gary L. Roberts (author of Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend), for lifetime achievement. Best historical article honors…

1 min.
alamo books

The Alamo Society—an organization of historians, researchers, educators, historical interpreters and artists founded in 1986—has compiled a Top 10 list of must-read book about the iconic San Antonio landmark and the 1836 battle that raged there. In the No. 1 slot is The Alamo Story, by J.R. Edmondson, followed by 2) A Time to Stand, by Water Lord; 3) The Blood of Heroes, by James Donovan; 4) Three Roads to the Alamo, by William C. Davis; 5) The Illustrated Alamo 1836, by Mark Lemon; 6) Eyewitness to the Alamo, by Bill Groneman; 7) The Alamo Reader, by Todd Hansen; 8) Texas Iliad, by Stephen L. Hardin; 9) The Alamo Journals/Alamo Dispatches, edited by William Chemerka and Glenn Effler; and 10) Sacrificed at the Alamo, by Richard Bruce Winders. Receiving honorable…

1 min.
west words

‘We occasionally had visitors, as people passed coming from Fort Owen, in the Bitterroot Valley, and from Hell Gate, 3 miles below where Missoula now is, and going on up to John Grant’s at the mouth of Little Blackfoot Creek and sometimes on up to the little settlement on Cottonwood Creek, where is now the beautiful town of Deer Lodge’ —Montana pioneer Granville Stuart wrote this in his memoir Forty Years on the Frontier about spending the winter of 1860 in the Deer Lodge Valley.…