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Wild West June 2020

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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4 min.
wars of the fighting sioux

Have no fear, you readers who objected to special contributor Gregory Michno’s take on frontiersmen Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett in the February 2020 Wild West. We’re moving on. In the April issue we published a couple of the negative letters about his article “Half Horse, Half Gator and All Hogwash,” along with Michno’s response. Arriving by email after deadline for that issue was this recommendation: “Don’t let Gregory Michno contribute another article. That’s all. Thank you.” And thank you, sir—we do read and sincerely appreciate all reader comments. While it is my duty to inform you and all our other faithful readers that another Michno article appears in the issue you are now holding, I’m confident—at least after you read his “Worst of the Sioux Wars” (P. 38)—that you…

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WildWestMag.com Lakotas: Feared Fighters of the Plains Were the Sioux in the 19th century more warlike than the Apaches or Comanches? Perhaps not, writes Gregory Lalire, but there’s no question that when it came to history-making large-scale clashes with the U.S. Army in the West, the Sioux stood warbonnets above the others. More About Elaine Horwitch “She presented art on her own terms, and she didn’t follow anyone’s strong terms of what should be shown alongside each other,” says Julie Sasse, chief curator at the Tucson Museum of Art, of the famed gallery owner who played a lead role in the Southwest pop art movement. “Not all the artists liked that.” Extended Interview With Charles Rankin “My favorite topic is, logically enough, what I’m working on now—Western newspaper journalism,” says editor Charles E. Rankin. “There’s…

4 min.
hot springs & yosemite

I’m a huge fan of the magazine and a professional travel director. In particular I enjoy both the accuracy of your articles and your ability to accept when you might have made a mistake. In this case, from Mike Coppock’s February 2020 article “Before There Were Park Rangers,” it’s stated that the Yosemite Grant was the first tract of land set aside by the government for public use and preservation. Not so. On April 20, 1832, the federal government set aside the thermal waters and surrounding areas of Hot Springs, Ark., to prevent the area from becoming another Niagara Falls and to protect the waters from commercial monopoly. Even the U.S. Mint celebrated this significance by having Hot Springs issued as the first of its National Park quarters. In addition,…

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10 reasons the little bighorn dominates indian wars history

1 Coverage: No battle fought on American soil (except perhaps Gettysburg during the Civil War) has been the subject of so many books and articles (more than 4,000 publications, not to mention 2,000-plus related references). 2 Casualties: It was the greatest post–Civil War defeat of the 19th-century U.S. Army judged by casualties (268 officers, enlisted men, scouts and civilians of the 7th U.S. Cavalry killed in action or died of wounds and more than 50 others wounded) 3 Size: The Lakota-Cheyenne village on the Little Bighorn River in Montana Territory was the largest Indian gathering on the northern Plains of that era (some 1,000 lodges and 2,000 warriors, according to one credible estimate). 4 Custer Factor: Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer was a larger than life Civil War hero who had added to…

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see you later…

KIRK DOUGLAS Film legend Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch Demsky in Amsterdam, N.Y., on Dec. 9, 1916, died on Feb. 5, 2020, at home in Beverly Hills. He was 103. Appearing in more than 90 films, Douglas played tough guys in the Westerns Along the Great Divide (1951), The Big Sky (1952), Man Without a Star (1955), The Indian Fighter (1955), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957, as Doc Holliday), Last Train From Gun Hill (1959), The Last Sunset (1961), Lonely Are the Brave (1962), The Way West (1967), The War Wagon (1967), There Was a Crooked Man… (1970), A Gunfight (1971), Posse (1975), The Villain (1979), The Man From Snowy River (1982) and Draw! (1984). He and his actor/producer son Michael Douglas appeared in only one film together, It Runs…

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events of the west

Palace View The long-term exhibit “Palace Seen and Unseen,” which relates the 400-year history of Santa Fe’s Palace of the Governors, opens April 19 at the New Mexico History Museum. The museum’s Santa Fe campus includes the Palace of the Governors, the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library and the Pete V. Domenici Building. The exhibit examines the adobe building itself (designated a National Landmark in 1960) and showcases related documents, photos, maps and excavated objects. Call 505-476-5200 or visit nmhistorymuseum.org or palaceofthegovernors.org. Little Bighorn The Real Bird Family hosts the 29th annual Battle of the Little Bighorn Reenactment June 20–21 and again June 27–28, marking the 144th anniversary of the most iconic clash of the Indian wars. The action in Montana unfolds between Crow Agency and Garryowen (an hour east of Billings), on…