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They Called Him Bilito
The young man that Miguel Antonio Otero Jr. observed in the plaza in Las Vegas, New Mexico Territory, appeared a cheerful beardless youth, not a desperate outlaw. He wore a sombrero tilted back atop a mop of light brown hair above sharp blue eyes, an
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New Mexico’s Kid
The great racial divide in New Mexico Territory in the latter half of the 19th century was between Anglo newcomers and Hispanos (Southwesterners of Spanish descent). Anglos generally considered Hispanos inferior in mind, body, spirit, political think
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Hombres Valientes In The Lincoln County War
On Sunday evening July 14, 1878, attorney Alexander McSween and more than 50 armed partisans rode into the town of Lincoln, New Mexico Territory, and took up positions in preparation for a climactic confrontation. It was a showdown months in the maki
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WildWestMag.com Yes, Virginia City, there is a Santa Claus. On Christmas Day 1863 in Virginia City, Nev., Mark Twain received “a ghastly, naked, porcelain doll baby.” In Virginia City, Montana Territory, “Christmas Day 1865 was a memorable day,” wrot
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Trouble In Chinatown
On the evening of October 24, 1871, Los Angeles County Sheriff J.F. Burns was a few miles south of the city when word reached him there was trouble in Chinatown. Reaching Calle de los Negros an hour later, Burns found in place all the makings of a ma
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First Western Gunfighter?
His name was J. Ferdinand Patterson (we have late author Glenn Shirley’s unsupported word the J stood for “Jason”), and he is perhaps the least known and most underrated gunfighter in Western history. Ferd Patterson was a contemporary of the infamous
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Letters
Great article [“Dead Men for Breakfast,” by Ron Soodalter, August 2020] on wicked Wild West towns. One town that should be on any such list is Caldwell, Kan. (at right) In the five years of Caldwell’s cow town era (1879–84) 14 different men wore the
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Scourge Of The Sooners
Shortly after noon on April 22, 1889, Edward W. Osburn stood atop a wagon along a ridge in Oklahoma Country to behold a surreal spectacle on the vast prairie below. The Kansas farmer saw “probably 2,000 wagons—trains 5 to 8 miles in length” and “hund
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Top 10 Reasons Billy Was More ‘Outlaw’ Than Jesse
1 The Name: Sure, “Jesse James” rolls off the tongue pretty easily, but it doesn’t have the same level of panache or commercial appeal as “Billy the Kid.” 2 The Jailbreak: It wasn’t Jesse who made the most dramatic and memorable jailbreak in American
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Some Daisey!
Nannita R.H. Daisey, popularly known as “Kentucky Daisey,” was arguably the most celebrated homesteader to have emerged from the April 22, 1889, land rush into the Unassigned Lands of Oklahoma. She gained a reputation as an energetic, adventurous spi
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Events Of The West
Note: Due to the coronavirus shutdown, some events may be canceled or delayed The bicentennial of the founding of the Santa Fe Trail falls in 2021, as does the 35th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail Association (SFTA). The Bent’s Fort Chapter of the
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A Very Brady Christmas
Death was often a close companion on the high plains of the 19th-century West. Christmastime could be an especially dangerous time for travelers, as storms unexpectedly blew down from the Rocky Mountains across the short grass prairies in deadly grou
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She Knows Brown’s Park
An old adage counsels, “Write what you know.” Well, Diana Kouris certainly knows the history of Brown’s Park, Colorado, and she relates an intimate story of the valley in Nighthawk Rising: A Biography of Accused Cattle Rustler Queen Ann Bassett of Br
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A Stop In A Secluded Valley
The Little Snake Valley, one of Wyoming’s best-kept secrets, may be on the road to nowhere but is well worth a stop, in no small part because of the Little Snake River Museum, in Savery. American Indians, explorers, trappers, miners and cattlemen all
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Call Her ‘Captain Jack’
Ellen (née Elliott) Jack was born in England on Nov. 4, 1842, and arrived in the United States with her American husband, mariner Charles E. Jack, on the eve of the Civil War. Charles later joined the Navy, served as a ship’s master under Rear Adm. D
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Spencers Prove Their Worth
In the summer and fall of 1868 Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors on the Great Plains kept busy raiding and plundering their traditional foes, the Crows and Pawnees, but also westbound emigrants. The latter looked to the Army for help, but when con
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Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!
Statehood petitions in 1849, 1856, 1862, 1872 and 1882 hadn’t led to the desired result in Utah Territory, mainly because of hostility in Washington, D.C., toward the Mormon Church and its practice of polygamy. Congress had created Utah Territory in
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Settler’s Spencer
In the late 1970s I purchased a Spencer for the bargain price of $140. Direct from the Dakota prairie, it had deficiencies—a missing magazine tube and cover; a shortened bullet guide and missing bullet guide spring; a modified loop lever, to ape a Wi
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Always Bigger In The Retelling
Kingston, New Mexico (population 32, according to the 2010 U.S. census), is a shadow of its former self. Once upon a time it was a busy place, an 1880s boomtown that went bust little more than a decade later. The town and its adjacent mines peaked ar
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Barker And Hughesville, Montana
The Barker Mining District was the only such district in Montana to have been discovered in one county, come to fruition in another and left two ghost towns in a third. It dates from 1879, when partners Patrick H. Hughes and Elias A. “Buck” Barker ve
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Rim Side With The Verkamps
In 1898, long before President Woodrow Wilson designated the Grand Canyon a national park in 1919, John George Verkamp was already at the rim selling American Indian curios. Most early tourists were wealthy, willing to foot the bill for a train to Wi
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Must See, Must Read
THE REAL BILLY THE KID: WITH NEW LIGHT ON THE LINCOLN COUNTY WAR (1998, by Miguel Antonio Otero Jr.): Originally published in 1936 and written by the other New Mexico governor in Billy’s life, it contains its share of historical errors but also offer
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But Wait, There’s More!
When the Verkamp store was in business, two permanent displays gained a following of their own. For nearly a century a 535-pound iron-nickel fragment of the plane-sized meteorite that blasted out nearby Meteor Crater some 50,000 years ago was on view
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Gruene, New Braunfels, Texas
On December 5 and 6, 2020, crowds will descend on the Gruene Historic District of New Braunfels, Texas, to browse some 100 vendors’ booths during the annual Christmas Market Days and to pose for photos with Cowboy Kringle—though sitting on his lap wh
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The Mural Art Of ‘Lightning Heart’
Through his public murals Colorado artist Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlein related stories unique to the locales in which he painted, including La Jara, Manassa, Alamosa, Antonito, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. The greatest concentration of his 14
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Saving Mountain Chief
My great-great-grandfather Joseph Cobell, an inductee in the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame, immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1848. He married Mary Owl Child, a daughter of the Pikuni Blackfeet Owl Child. In 1867 Joseph and Mary Cobell buil
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Style
ART “I grew up with a fascination for livestock,” Teresa Elliott [teresaelliott.com] recalls from her studio in the Big Bend region of West Texas. “As a child, I remember sitting on this fence and watching this one bull for hours. It led me to the su
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Winning Wommack
The Wild West History Association (WWHA) has awarded Colorado author Linda Wommack (left) its Six-Shooter Award for best general Western history article for “Confidentially Told in Brown’s Park,” published in the June 2019 Wild West. The article make
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For Love Of Money
The Earps did not migrate West to engage in shootouts. They wandered in search of opportunity and a corresponding boost in cash flow. To them the money came quickest via mining, gaming, saloon operations and/or pimping.
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