• On the Rock with the Apache Kid
    4 May 15

    In 1888, Ski-be-nan-ted , better known as The Apache Kid, was sentenced to a ten year term at Alcatraz for a crime he did not commit. Pardoned after serving 18 months on the Rock, the Kid was returned to Arizona where he was arrested on civil charges...

  • Oh, The Homestead
    4 May 15

    The American West was built on the Homestead Act of 1862, President Lincoln's plan to encourage development of western lands. It provided 160-acre homesteads for both men, single women and female “head of households” provided they “proved up” the lan...

  • John Escapule
    4 May 15

    This guy is not Doc Holliday.  He is John Escapule, born in France in 1856, who came to southeast Arizona in 1877.

    John became friendly with Tombstone founder Ed Schieffelin, who hired him to haul timber to the local mines.  Escapule eventually got ...

  • A Nazi Western?
    1 May 15

    Believe it or not, a 1936 German film, Der Kaiser von Kalifornien (The Emperor of California), was partially filmed in Sedona. The script allegedly tells the story of John Sutter, the German-born Swiss trader who became famous when gold was discovere...

  • She Rests in Arizona
    1 May 15

    She was called the Mexican Joan of Arc; she was called the Saint of Cabora—she was a teenaged healer who inspired a revolution against the Mexican government in the 1880s and was exhiled by President Dias to Arizona Territory in 1892.

    Terresita even...

  • King of the Counterfeiters
    1 May 15

    Pete McCartney was known as the “King of the Counterfeiters,” manufacturing perhaps millions of dollars in bogus bills between the 1840s and 1880s.  He was also an expert at breaking jail.

    In the late 1860s, McCartney was captured and put in the St....

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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...

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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...

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