A Boomer Sooner Goes South

A celebration broke out when Oklahoma Territory be...

Snowshoeing with the Donner Party

The Donner-Reed Party remains the most famous wago...

Dust-Up in Delta

September 7, 1893

Not many folks are out and about ...

  • Hygiene in the Old West
    21 May 15

    Just how good were the “good ol days?” Folks on the western frontier led a hardscrabble life. They were wan with fever, gaunt, scrawny and peaked. Their children were sickly and fretful. Vegetables didn’t play a big part in their diet. They dwelled i...

  • Dan Tipton's Grave
    21 May 15

    Dan Tipton knew a moment of fame, riding with Wyatt Earp on the so-called Vendetta Ride, hunting down the killers of Morgan Earp.

    Later on, he met justice himself, arrested in 1897 on federal charges of smuggling Chinese workers into the U.S.  He wa...

  • 30-Love at Fort Apache
    20 May 15

    In 1874, newlywed Martha Summerhayes accompanied her soldier husband on a grueling three-month journey from Fort Russell, Wyoming, to Arizona, where he had been transferred. The couple traveled by train to San Francisco, California, by packet to Cabo...

  • The Most Detested Day on the Frontier
    20 May 15

    Was laundry day! Sometimes it was Mondays, but more than not, Wednesdays. First, women had to make the lye soap; then they had to haul water, usually from some distance. Then began the eleven-step “receet” for washing clothes, as spelled out in Weste...

  • When Johnny Came Marching Home Again
    20 May 15

    When the veterans came home from the battlefields and their postings far from home 150 years ago, the toll of the war was felt from the hamlets of Maine to the Western shores of California. The nation would never be the same. According to CivilWar.or...

  • Hanging Windmill
    19 May 15

    Back in 1879, folks in Las Vegas, New Mexico found a new use for the windmill in the town plaza.  And why not—the well had gone dry a couple of years earlier.

    Vigilantes hanged two accused killers from the structure.  And then the following February...

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Living the Dream

Gold Dust and the Hangman's Noose

Gold Dust and the Hangman's Noose

Until there is a time machine invented somewhere other than a Hollywood studio, ...

Saddle Rifle Extraordinaire

Saddle Rifle Extraordinaire

For nearly two centuries, the horse and the gun have been among the most iconic ...

Buffalo Bill’s Disputed Dagger

Buffalo Bill’s Disputed Dagger

From P.T. Barnum to Buffalo Bill Cody, successful 19th-century showmen knew that...

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

Here are the winners of our "2010 Best of the West." Sit back and see if your pi...

True Westerners

Dan Piraro

Dan Piraro

Art was my first and most consistent love. I realized that because I was an incu...

Erwin E. Smith

Erwin E. Smith

Texan Erwin Evans Smith is regarded as one of the greatest photographers of the d...

Death in the Mississippi

Death in the Mississippi

The end of wars does not always mean the end of death and destruction. The Sultan...

True Westerner of 2014

 True Westerner of 2014

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

Cement Cowboy Nearly Dies

Cement Cowboy Nearly Dies

On the Ashes of My Campfire, This City is Built.”

That inscription has graced a 2,...

crazyhorsewest.com

crazyhorsewest.com

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

Entertainment

Buffalo Bill And The Indians

Buffalo Bill And The Indians

Robert Altman’s “anti-Western” is a beautifully made, but overly cynical look at...

Rough Drafts 5/15

Rough Drafts 5/15

Over the decades, numerous pundits and pessimists have announced the end of the ...

The End of the West

The End  of the West

Since Owen Wister’s The Virginian was published in 1902, Western novelists have re...

Texas Rangers Epic Event

Texas Rangers Epic Event

The script touched something deep inside me, which was how much I’d always wante...

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