• Flora Quick aka Tom King
    31 Aug 15

    You’ve heard of Calamity Jane, Ethel “Etta” Place and Belle Starr. But what about Flora Quick?  This mysterious horse thief said to have ridden with the bands of notorious Oklahoma-Indian Territory outlaws was also known at various times as Flora Mun...

  • Arizona Rough Riders
    31 Aug 15

    In 1898, Arizona became the first  in the nation to sign up  for a “cowboy cavalry” for the Spanish-American War. Prescott, which had about 2,000 residents then, saw 1,000 willing volunteers—the same kind of response came from the booming mining town...

  • Wild Bill and the Englishman
    30 Aug 15

    Any Old West history enthusiast who fancies learning about famed gunfighter James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok must have heard of Joseph G. Rosa. Inspired by the character portrayed in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Plainsman, Rosa became the biographer of Hick...

  • Big Alice vs Etta Clark
    28 Aug 15

    Competition between madams was especially keen in the wild and wicked west Texas town of El Paso where Redheaded Etta “Grasshopper” Clark and “Big Alice” Abbott operated competitive bawdy houses on opposite sides of Utah Street. Big Alice advertised ...

  • Drew Barrymore's Tie to the Old West
    28 Aug 15

    Actress Drew Barrymore’s great grandfather has an Old West tie.  Maurice Barrymore led a theater troupe into Marshall, TX in 1879.  He and two associates were dining in the White House Saloon on the evening of March 19 when they were accosted by a dr...

  • Powhatan Clarke
    28 Aug 15

    The brash, young lieutenant won a Medal of Honor in 1886 when he rescued one of his wounded troopers during a fight in the Pinito Mountains of Sonora, Mexico.  Clarke shows up in several of the artist Frederic Remington’s famous renderings from the p...

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First Sketch Made in the West

First Sketch Made in the West

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True West's Best of the West 2012 Winners

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Rick Wallner

Rick Wallner

The best book on Bent’s Fort is David Lavender’s Bent’s Fort , although Mark Lee G...

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Charles F. Lummis was two years old when he experienced his first loss—the death ...

Justice for Jack

Justice for Jack

Pioneer Jack Swilling should be remembered for his many contributions to Arizona...

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True West Magazine presented Forrest Fenn, whom Newsweek called a "real-life Indian...

Liberty, Not Death

Liberty, Not Death

Children soothed their thirst by scraping their fingernails on barrack windows t...

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Chuck Paul always wanted to be a cowboy and, at the very least, this horse owner...

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Bronco: Final Season

Bronco: Final Season

Says the theme, “Once any girl has kissed him twice she’s dreaming of shoes and ...

Rough Drafts 9/15

In June, I attended the Western Writers of America annual conference in Lubbock, T...

1916: Wilson’s Border War

1916: Wilson’s Border War

A century  ago, World War I was entering its second year of slaughter with massi...

Workin’ on the Railroad

Workin’ on the Railroad

Fans of AMC’s Hell on Wheels anticipate the driving of the Golden Spike the same w...

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