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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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4 min.
kid keeps laughin’

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 Kid used to have buckteeth that made him look like he was laughin’ when he wasn’t,” recalled Fort Sumner (N.M.) tour guide Old Man Charlie Foor in Walter Noble Burns’ popular 1926 book The Saga of Billy the Kid. “It kind o’ gives you the creeps to think of him down there under the earth still laughin’,” If the Kid is still laughing, despite being shot down by Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett 138 years ago, it’s likely due to the sometime quarrelsome fuss made over his short, violent life.…

1 min.
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WildWestMag.com 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 former director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave in Golden,…

4 min.
magic valley

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 Texas to…

8 min.
10 things you need to know about outlaw billy the kid

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 Is: With apologies to Paul Newman (star of the 1958 film The Left Handed Gun), Billy was not left-handed. 9 Undocumented Childhood: Little…

2 min.
see you later…

EDWIN R. SWEENEY Ed 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…

3 min.
events of the west

AT THE AUTRY The Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale, featuring paintings and sculptures by 70 artists, takes place Feb. 9–March 24 at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. The exhibition “Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain” continues at the Autry through Jan. 6, while “On Fire: Transcendent Landscapes by Michael Scott”—examining the transformative impact of fire on the landscape and the imagination through such works as Fire and Ice Pacific (pictured)—shows through July 28. For more information call 323-667-2000 or visit theautry.org. BIERSTADT The Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Cody, Wyo.) and the Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa, Okla.) have teamed up to present the exhibition “Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West,” which examines how the celebrated Western landscape artist rendered…