Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine, a former managing editor for Western Shooting Horse Magazine and the chief purveyor of ScarletMask Enterprises.

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Tom Harper Hangs

Tom Harper was a good friend of Curly Bill Brocius during Tombstone’s heyday. He also bit the dust before his Cowboy ass…

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John Heath

If you visit Tombstone’s Boot Hill Cemetery, you’ll find a marker for John Heath.  He was the brains behind the so-calle…

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Death Valley Scotty

Death Valley Scotty

It was called The Battle of Wingate Pass—but it was a con job by the famed Walter “Death Valley Scotty” Scott. In 1906, …

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Doc’s Gal

The relationship of Doc Holliday and “Big Nose Kate” is well known.  But when did it start?  Many accounts say the pair …

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Pony Diehl

Charles Ray liked to hang out with bad guys.  Going by the name Pony Diehl (or Deal), he first gained notice as a member…

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Dry Diggins

Back in 1848, the year it was founded, the California town was called “Dry Diggins” because of the gold mining efforts n…

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Yes, They Were Romantic

If history does not offer evidence to support the notion that Billy the Kid and Paulita Maxwell had a relationship, it a…

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