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Living the Dream

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Huber’s Café

Huber’s Café

Louis Eppinger, a five-foot-four, brown-eyed German immigrant, arrived in Americ...

Gunsmoke’s Gun for Hire

Gunsmoke’s Gun for Hire

The U.S. Army’s sidearm of choice from 1873 to 1892, the Colt.45 single action A...

Autry’s Pathway to the Past

Autry’s Pathway to the Past

Without a doubt, firearms were among the most important tools used in the settli...

Tombstone, Arizona

Tombstone, Arizona

Tombstone got its start when Ed Schieffelin set out to prospect the desolate hil...

The Best of Western Wear for 2014

The Best of Western Wear for 2014

When pioneers headed West, they had to adapt their clothing to the new uncharter...

True Westerners

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Thomas Brent Smith

Thomas Brent Smith

What most folks don’t know about Maynard Dixon is he spent most of his life and ...

Jerry Crandall

Jerry Crandall

Jerry Crandall feels personally obligated to portray the authentic Old West in h...

Beginning of the End

Beginning of  the End

On May 10, 1875, a new judge came to the bench in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His terr...

Timothy O’Sullivan

Timothy O’Sullivan

There were no roads; no towns. The extreme summer heat and winter cold were almos...

Saving Madam Jennie’s Place

Saving Madam Jennie’s Place

If the old girl were still around—if Madam Jennie Bauters could see her “crib” a...

Hard Living: Elmore Leonard’s West

Hard Living:  Elmore Leonard’s West

Life was hard in Elmore Leonard’s West. Living and dying in “Leonard’s Arizona T...

History

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10 Face-to-Face, Stand-Up Gunfights

10 Face-to-Face, Stand-Up Gunfights

I’m a member of the Historical Arms Society of Tucson, and our group is curious ...

Opening Shot Dissected…

Opening Shot Dissected…

Regarding the July 2013 Opening Shot of Pat Garrett and crew sitting on the dock: ...

Travel

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Saddle Up for the Holidays

Saddle Up for the Holidays

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you need to put away your riding boots.

Mules & Canyons, Oh My!

Mules & Canyons, Oh My!

Nobody warned me about this.

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Entertainment

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Buried Treasures

Buried Treasures

During the 1960s, when Philadelphia’s channel 48 ran Satan’s Satellites , I had no...

Calling All Quigley Fans

Calling All Quigley Fans

Tom Selleck and Simon Wincer fans will want to show up for the screening of 1990...

1959’s No Name on the Bullet

1959’s No Name on the Bullet

About 30 years ago, my younger sister Pam had to write an essay on a “hero” for ...

A Saga of Bloody Kansas

A Saga of Bloody Kansas

Melody Groves continues her award-winning Colton Brothers Saga in Kansas Bleed , p...

JUSTIFIED: SEASON FOUR

JUSTIFIED: SEASON FOUR

Who is Drew Thompson? That was the single thread of FX’s Justified’s fourth season...

Best of the West Awards

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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 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 2009 Winners

True West's Best of the West 2009 Winners


Here are the winners of our "2009 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 West's Best of the West 2008 Winners

True West's Best of the West 2008 Winners

Here are the winners of our "2008 Best of the West." Sit back and see if your pi...

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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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