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Wild West October 2018

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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3 min.
christie’s gunfight

It’s the October issue, so naturally the thoughts of Wild West editors and longtime readers alike turn to the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. For those who’ve had their fill of Wyatt Earp, his brothers, Doc Holliday and that Oct. 26, 1881, shootout in a vacant lot (not actually at the corral) in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, please forgive us. Take heart in the fact that our cover story looks at 10 notable Western gunfights that took place nowhere near the O.K. Corral. That said, don’t expect us to apologize for last October’s feature “Finding Wyatt” (by Casey Tefertiller with Bob Cash), which mostly finds our man Earp in Tombstone. The Wild West History Association, we are proud to say, has since recognized that article with a Six-Shooter Award (see Roundup,…

3 min.
felonious females

In R. Michael Wilson’s article “Felonious Female Nevadans” [August 2017]. he writes on P. 49, “In the roughly seven-decade history of the Wild West authorities in the Western states and territories executed just two women.” That number seems unrealistically low. I can’t speak for all the other states/territories that comprise the West, but Dallas County, Texas, executed Jane Elkins on May 27, 1853. Jane was black, and her victim, a Mrs. Wisdom, wife of her owner, was white. Jane’s status and the gender of her victim practically guaranteed her a quick trip to the gallows. How many women were actually executed in the West is a subject worthy of a lot more study. Richard Selcer Fort Worth, Texas Author R. Michael Wilson responds: Two (Paula Angel, pictured at top, and Elizabeth Potts) might…

7 min.
10 movie gunfights that hit the mark

1 Open Range: The gunplay, to quote Kevin Costner’s character Charley Waite, is “messy.” It takes more than one bullet to kill a man, and getting shot actually hurts. That said, Costner does fan off nearly a dozen shots from one six-shooter. 2 Ride the High Country: The fight at the end of this film—between Steve Judd (Joel McCrea), Gil Westrum (Randolph Scott) and the “Hammond Boys”—is perfect. No fast-draw artistry, just shooting till the other guys are down. 3 Shane: Memorable for the final shootout as well as the face-off between Jack Wilson (Jack Palance) and Frank “Stonewall” Torrey (Elisha Cook Jr.). Though the outdrawn Torrey freezes—blam!—cold-blooded Wilson shoots him anyway. 4 Appaloosa: Viggo Mortensen studied Frederic Remington’s gunfight depictions to prepare for the scene in which his character, Everett Hitch, shoots…

1 min.
west words

‘When I was here before, I tried to break up this tizwin business and told you to put all your money in cattle and broodmares; you paid no attention to me and let all your brains run down in your stomachs’—Brig. Gen. George Crook said this to White Mountain Apaches at the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona Territory on Nov. 2, 1882. TOP LEFT: COURTESY OF WWHA; TOP RIGHT: STOCKTREK IMAGES INC./ALAMY STOCK PHOTO; MIDDLE: COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS; BOTTOM: COURTESY OF INSIGHT COMICS…

1 min.
see you later…

Clint Walker Best known for his role as Cheyenne Bodie in the ABC/Warner Brothers TV Western Cheyenne (1955–63), Clint Walker, 91, died on May 21 in Grass Valley, Calif. Born Norman Eugene Walker on May 30, 1927, in Hartford, Ill., the 6-foot-6, barrel-chested actor made his Hollywood debut in the mid-1950s, soon landing the title role as Cheyenne, an imposing cowboy who roamed the West doing nothing but good, sometimes with his shirt off. Walker also starred in a number of Western films, including Fort Dobbs (1958), Yellowstone Kelly (1959), Gold of the Seven Saints (1961, with Roger Moore), The Night of the Grizzly (1966), More Dead Than Alive (1969) and Yuma (1971). LEFT: CUSTER’S LAST STAND, BY EDGAR PAXON/PRIVATE COLLECTION/PETER NEWARK AMERICAN PICTURES/BRIDGEMAN IMAGES; ABOVE RIGHT: ARCHIVE PL/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO; ACROSS…

3 min.
events of the west

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 also rendered American Indians and bison in such paintings as his 1888 oil on canvas The Last of the Buffalo (pictured). The exhibition runs at the Buffalo Bill Center through Sept. 30, then at the Gilcrease Museum Nov. 3, 2018–Feb. 10, 2019. Visit centerofthewest.org and gilcrease.org. Native Art Now The Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West partners with modern northern Plains artists of the Creative Indigenous Collective on “Native Nations Now: An Exhibition of Contemporary Native Art,” which runs through Oct. 29. Call 307-587-4771 or visit centerofthewest.org. The Reel West The Eiteljorg…