Surviving the Rapids

In 1849, the entire world seemed to be on the move...

The Moonshiner Who Got Away with Murder

"My daddy, he made whiskey
And my granddaddy did to...

Jar Head!

Saddling up at 2 a.m.  Harry Love and his fellow C...

  • For the Love of Money
    27 Mar 15

    The mind of a television executive can be a confusing, dangerous maze of brilliance and misconception. Last year, A&E cancelled Longmire because the cabler felt the audience for its hit show wasn’t the “right audience.” In other words, too old.

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  • Augustine Chacon's Musical Escape
    26 Mar 15

    The handsome bandit Augustine Chacon was quite the ladies man had a pretty senorita in every town. He was also a deadly killer who boasted of killing many men. He’d been caught and was sitting in the Solomanville jail waiting to be hanged for murder....

  • Libbie Custer on the Big Screen
    26 Mar 15

    If you happen to see a 1926 silent movie called The Pottery Maker—a how-to-throw-a-pot flick—check out the elderly woman in black. She’s no actress, and no typical old lady.

    She’s Libbie Custer, the widow of Col. George Armstrong Custer of Little Bi...

  • Cowboy Lingo
    25 Mar 15

    To the Arizona cowboy, language has always meant imaginative mangling. Something isn’t just loud, it’s noisy as a fog horn in a funeral parlor. A man isn’t lazy, he just always seems to be sittin’ on the south side of his pants. Nobody is merely blin...

  • More Than a Museum
    25 Mar 15

    These days in Arizona, if you say Sharlot Hall, most think of the fine museum of that name in Prescott. However, Sharlot Hall was a real woman with a fine legacy. Sharlot was the first woman in the entire nation to hold a government­ paid job when s...

  • Never Was a "Cattle Kate"
    24 Mar 15

    Perhaps the most shocking thing about the only woman ever lynched in the nation as a cattle rustler is that everything about this western legend is a lie. Yes, a woman was lynched with her husband on July 20, 1889 in Wyoming Territory. And yes, for a...

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Living the Dream

The Bacon Cure

The Bacon Cure

On his way from Illinois to California in 1852, William Henry Hart wrote, “The b...

The Other Lone Ranger’s Colt

The Other Lone Ranger’s Colt

“Who was that Masked Man?”

That was the question that ended each episode of ABC’s...

Endless Rides

Endless Rides

W he n Warren A. Ferris set off in the employ of the American Fur Company to explo...

Best of the West Awards

True West's Best of the West 2012 Winners

True West's Best of the West 2012 Winners

Here are the winners of our "2012 Best of the West." Sit back and see if your pi...

True West's Best of the West 2011 Winners

True West's Best of the West 2011 Winners

Here are the winners of our "2011 Best of the West." Sit back and see if your pi...

True West's Best of the West 2013 Winners

True West's Best of the West 2013 Winners

Here are the winners of our "2013 Best of the West." Sit back and see if your pi...

True West's Best of the West 2010 Winners

True West's Best of the West 2010 Winners

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True Westerners

Andy Thomas

Andy Thomas

Charlie Russell is special because he combined artwork with authentic cowboys, In...

Henry Larkin Abbot

Henry Larkin Abbot

From the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, in peacetime and on bloody fields of war...

Dark Starr

Dark Starr

One hundred years ago this month, Henry Starr set out to make history. The caree...

True Westerner of 2014

 True Westerner of 2014

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

The West’s Newest Museum

The West’s Newest Museum

We will be a living institution. We will offer experiences. We will be the story...

crazyhorsewest.com

crazyhorsewest.com

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

Travel

Exploring the Old Oregon Country

Exploring the Old Oregon Country

David Thompson was fourteen when he began his life in North America as a clerk’s ...

March 2015 Events

March 2015 Events

Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West!

The Best of Heritage Travel for 2015

The Best of Heritage Travel for 2015

In 1840, trapper Joseph Meek led the first emigrant wagons over the Oregon Trail...

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