History Features

CSI: Fort Union

fort-union-battle-scene_fort-union-battle-scene_Harper's WeeklyHow do you solve a murder case that’s 150 years cold? It’s not easy, not when you can’t examine the victims’ bodies, and all you have to go on is a series of case files scattered in a dozen archives. But when Douglas Scott and I heard that no one had solved this apparent multiple homicide, we couldn’t resist the challenge. We thought maybe we could do it.

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Wyatt Earp’s Alaskan Adventure

Ed Englestadt-Wyatt Earp-John Clum_Nome-Alaska-beachIn the summer of 1899, the sleepy fishing village of Nome, close to the Arctic Circle, remote even by Alaskan standards, became one of the most exciting places in the world. Gold had been discovered on the shores of the Bering Sea the previous summer. Josephine and Wyatt Earp were drawn to Nome as one more place to seek their fortune.

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Who Has Buffalo Bill’s Medal?

buffalo-bill-medal-of-honorFor his Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, Cody and his promoters frequently enhanced stories from his days in the Pony Express, Civil War and buffalo hunting, and some details of his scouting life with the U.S. Army aren’t entirely true. Entertainment was almost always paramount to truth with Cody.

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Jack London’s Alaska

jack-london-prospectingJack London was only 21 years old when he stepped ashore in Alaska in 1897 to find his fortune in gold.

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The Dedicated Women Behind the Earp Men

attie-earp-wyatt-earp-wivesMost True West readers are familiar with the name Earp, but more likely with Wyatt, Virgil, Morgan, James and Warren. You may know Josephine and Mattie, but I’ll bet you didn’t know that collectively these Earp brothers had 11 wives!

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