• The War’s not Over ’Til It’s Over
    6 May 15

    General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Northern Army of Virginia at Appomattox Courthouse on April 12. Three days later President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston followed suit officially surrendering his army of 30,000 in Nor...

  • The Wizard of the Colorado River
    6 May 15

    During her arduous journey into the war zone of Arizona in 1874, Martha Summerhayes gave high praise to a riverboat pilot, Captain Jack Mellon, known as the “Wizard of the Colorado.” Mellon, who came to the river in 1864 and spent 46 years navigating...

  • Russian Bill
    6 May 15

    One of the West's most unusual gunfighter gunsels was Bill Tettenborn, better-known as Russian Bill. There are a number of tales about his origins.  Some say he was a young lieutenant serving in the Russian Army deserting to come to the Wild West.

    B...

  • Western Star James Coburn Posthumous Honors
    5 May 15

    Actor James Coburn, best known for his Western films The Magnificent Seven and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid was posthumously inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Hall of Great Western Performers on April 18, 2015. Coburn gue...

  • Bill Carver and the Skunk
    5 May 15

    On September 19th, 1900, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and members of the Wild Bunch were on their way to Winnemucca, Nevada to rob the local bank.  On the way to town they had to cut their way through a barbed wire fence. Bill Carver took a pair ...

  • Texas Rangers Epic Event
    5 May 15

    The script touched something deep inside me, which was how much I’d always wanted to make a Western.”

    Director Roland Joffé’s voice charges with enthusiasm as he describes the emotions he felt during his first reading of producers Leslie Greif and D...

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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 ...

Hired Gun’s Last Weapon

Hired Gun’s  Last Weapon

On June 1, 1903, three men who knew Tom Horn rode together in the parade at Chey...

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...

Ely S. Parker

Ely S. Parker

Seneca Indian Ely S. Parker was born Hasanoanda, which means “Leading Name,” in 1...

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 4/15

Rough Drafts 4/15

Fans of Western publishing enjoyed a banner year in books in 2014. In 2015, I am...

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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True West captures the spirit of the American West with authenticity, personality and humor by linking our history to our present. Whether you call it the Wild West, the Old West or the Far West, America's frontier history comes to life in True West, the world's oldest, continuously published Western Americana magazine.

Western movie fans, re-enactors, history buffs and road warriors, we got your history covered: outlaw, cowboy, Indian, lawman, gunfighter, fur trapper, miner, prospector, gambler, soldier, entertainer and pioneer. Check out these True Westerners now!
 

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