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Pancho in PIctures

Pancho-Via-PhotosBorn a peasant, head of his family at an early age and an outlaw by 16, Doroteo Arango—a.k.a. Pancho Villa—rose from the lowest rungs of the social ladder to become one of Mexico’s greatest military chieftains.

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The Greatest of Confidence Men

Canada-Bill_Soapy-SmithIn the mid-19th century, an industrializing and expanding republic presented innumerable opportunities for artistes with the appropriate combination of skill and amorality to separate an unsuspecting soul from his money.

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The Birth of an Outlaw

birth-of-an-outlaw-billy-the-kidEver since 1952, when Bob Mullin and Phil Rasch found the marriage record of William Antrim and the Kid’s mother, Catherine McCarty, the truth about the origins of the man we know as Billy the Kid became a done deal—the Kid’s real name was Henry McCarty; he had a younger brother named Joseph; and the brothers had witnessed their mother’s marriage, along with a Harvey Edmonds, who possibly was a church member.

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War Under the Mountain

Owehee-War_Hill-Beachy_Silver-City-MineJohn C. Holgate died first, pistol in hand, leading his men down a smoke-filled mining shaft.

J. Marion More was gunned down in the streets of Silver City, Idaho—his supporters said murdered—only two days after signing a truce to end one of the era’s most violent mining conflicts.

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The Prince of Hangmen?

George-Maledon-Prince-of-HangmenThe rolling Appalachian foothills of northeast Tennessee, where George Maledon lies peacefully buried, is a long ways away from the 16-foot-long trapdoor at the gallows in Fort Smith, Arkansas. There, between 1875 and 1891, Maledon, a hangman for Judge Isaac C. Parker at the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Arkansas, reportedly sent a record number of men to their own eternal place. But has history gotten that wrong?

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True Westerners

John Read

John Read

Our most curious Mexican Revolution artifact is the Jeffery Quad armored car. Th...

Go West, Young Man?

Go West, Young Man?

One of the most famous phrases of the 19th century, “Go West, young man!” report...

Studying Villa’s Raid

Studying Villa’s Raid

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

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