History Features

A Skirmish with the Bottle Instead of the Braves

Officers-stationed-at-Fort-Ellis-in-Montana-TerritoryThe life of a frontier soldier in the American West involved more combat with boredom than forays against hostile tribesmen. Troopers adopted a variety of healthy ways to while away the endless hours of routine garrison duty, but for those with an inclination for alcohol abuse, whiskey offered an easy escape.

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Historical Photos of Charlie Russell


A young affluent St. Louis boy, born 150 years ago, who grew up in a wealthy suburb of Missouri, Charlie Russell made his dream finally come true in 1880 when he arrived in Helena. Joining him in Montana Territory were professional photographers who either had set up studios at military forts or towns,

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Scout for Two Continents

Major-FR-BurnhamThe harsh winter of 1882 was finally melting away as both the kid and his horse resembling starved scarecrows made their way down the snow packed Mogollon Rim in Arizona Territory.

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The Arms of a Woman

famous-old-west-women-with-guns"The only kind of heroine worth knowing about is the Western woman who hit the far trail holding a Springfield rifle and traveling with her kids and settled down on a homestead and worked hard to make her little outfit independent.”

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Billy the Kid

Billy-the-Kid_feature-image_tin-type-feature-sizeEarly on the morning of July 18, 1881, mail contractor Michael Cosgrove pulled into Las Vegas direct from Fort Sumner with the biggest news ever to hit New Mexico Territory: Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett had shot dead Billy the Kid.

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