History Features

The Ball that Killed Wild Bill

Andy-Thomas_Wild-Bill_s-Last-DealWild Bill Hickok was buried in Deadwood, South Dakota, in 1876, why was the bullet that killed him buried in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1910?

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Arrest Those Spies!

Lewis-and-Clark_SpiesWith all the pomp the Spanish officer could muster so far from present-day Santa Fe, New Mexico, Lt. Facundo Melgares rode into the sprawling Pawnee village along the Republican River in Nebraska in 1806 with 300 uniformed men.

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A Brave New World

Aiattaua_Beautiful-Man_chief-of-the-MoapariatArizona evolved slowly before the American Civil War. The 1860 census reported a population of only 6,482 people with 4,040 listed as American Indian. Most of the 2,421 “white” population lived in one of Arizona’s two major settlements, Tucson and the area later known as Yuma.

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The Wife of Wyatt Earp’s Sworn Enemy

John-and-Victoria-Behan_Earps-mortal-enemies“I have been nearly driven to distraction!”

So said Victoria Zaff Behan, with the culprit being her well-known husband, John Harris Behan. This was in 1875 when, after six years of a more-than-rocky marriage, the lady decided to call it quits.

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The 100 Best Historical Photos of the American Indian

Maj.-Lee -Moorhouse_Oregon’s-Umatilla-Indian-Reservation-in-1889_Bannock braves -Jim-Mukai-and-PongaAlfred Jacob Miller, George Catlin, John Mix Stanley and Karl Bodmer’s romantic illustrations of America’s frontier Indians were matchless eyewitness portrayals until the advent of the camera.

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