A .41 Derringer Barks Again

"Don’t move,” ordered the thug with the heavy revo...

Liberty, Not Death

Children soothed their thirst by scraping their fi...

Justice for Jack

Pioneer Jack Swilling should be remembered for his...

  • Traveling Western Art Exhibit
    4 Aug 15

    When I travel I always make time in my schedule to visit local museums. Recently, I was in San Diego with my family and we enjoyed a visit to Balboa Park’s Museum of Man, which I highly recommend. But, if the San Diego Art Museum had been hosting the...

  • Kit Carson’s Cross Country Mule Ride
    4 Aug 15

    The illustrations are striking—mountain man/scout/pioneer Kit Carson with a beautiful horse, ready to take on the toughest trails the West can offer.

    But the illustrations are wrong.

    For Carson generally preferred to ride mules, not horses.  Carson...

  • A Quarter-Century Tribute
    4 Aug 15

    Every first-time movie director thinks he is making the next Citizen Kane.  Few are correct. But director and star Kevin Costner did something his first time at bat that no other freshman filmmaker ever has: his film won seven Oscars.

  • Heavy Artillery Designed By A Dentist
    3 Aug 15

    In 1862 John Gilleland, a dentist and sometimes mechanic from Georgia, had a genius idea. If one cannon could wreak havoc upon the enemy, why not use two? His appropriately named double-barreled cannon called for two six pound guns, but cast as a sin...

  • A Good Time to Swear
    3 Aug 15

    One of the most important military roads during the Apache Wars was the General Crook Trail along the Mogollon Rim Camp Verde to Fort Apache. The road was used primarily in the 1870s before the arrival of the railroads but wagon ruts and blaze marked...

  • The Gospel of Wealth
    3 Aug 15

    Andrew Carnegie, 1835 to 1919, gave away over $350 million during his lifetime. One of his passions was free public libraries, and he's credited with founding 2,509 libraries in the English-speaking world. As the Columbia University Information Servi...

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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, ...

Chasing Villa

Chasing Villa

After Pancho Villa and his bandits raided Columbus, New Mexico, and the troops s...

Dragged to Death

Dragged to Death

The summer after William “Billy the Kid” McCarty cheated his hangman and success...

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

ELizabeth Fenn

ELizabeth Fenn

If I had been a member of the Corps of Discovery, I would have brought my own via...

Chalkley

Chalkley

Chalkley McArtor “Chalk” Beeson, the last of seven kids from Quaker parents Samu...

Video Villa!

Video Villa!

Mexican Revolution leader Pancho Villa knew the value of good publicity. Mutual F...

True Westerner of 2014

 True Westerner of 2014

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

Studying Villa’s Raid

Studying Villa’s Raid

March 9, 1916, started out bad for the 13th Cavalry at Camp Furlong. Ignoring th...

crazyhorsewest.com

crazyhorsewest.com

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

Entertainment

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

In 2011’s Yellow Rock, broken man Tom Hanner (Michael Biehn) is hired by sinister ...

Rough Drafts 7/15

Rough Drafts 7/15

Congratulations to the Western Writers of America annual Spur Award winners in b...

Trails to the Truth

Trails to the Truth

Historians and aficionados of the American West must have been surprised when th...

A Quarter-Century Tribute

A Quarter-Century Tribute

Every first-time movie director thinks he is making the next Citizen Kane .  Few a...

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