Blood on the Tracks

March 20, 1882

Two days after assassins kill Morgan...

Every Dog Has its Day

Mark Twain’s critical view of the exotic coconut t...

Lincoln’s Western Past

At first, I think I’ve made a wrong turn somewhere...

  • Calamity, we Hardly Knew Ya
    20 Apr 15

    Her name isn't real and neither are most of the folklore images of her. Calamity Jane—yes, there really was such a person in the Old West—wasn't the glamour puss as Jean Arthur portrayed her in 1936's “The Plainsman” but she also wasn't the silly twi...

  • The Reservation Trading Post Era
    20 Apr 15

    Trading posts began appearing on Arizona Indian reservations in the early 1870s. These isolated stores provided food and other goods in exchange for wool, sheep, jewelry and art.  The white trader often advanced goods without payment until wool or la...

  • Cole Younger and the Little Girl
    20 Apr 15

    If I had to choose a favorite outlaw, without hesitation I’d say, “Cole Younger.”

    A few years ago the late author Jack Koblas told me a poignant sidebar on the Great Northfield Robbery that he’d recently discovered. As the James Younger gang was hea...

  • Big Day for the Duke
    20 Apr 15

    More than 1,600 miles from Hollywood, California, in Winterset, Iowa, is the humble home of Clyde and Mary Morrison, who welcomed their first son Marion into their lives on May 26, 1907.

    While the new parents surely had high hopes for baby Marion, t...

  • Tom Mix: Prescott’s First “Junior Bonner”
    17 Apr 15

    Was Steve McQueen channeling Tom Mix when he filmed Junior Bonner in Prescott in 1971? We’ll never know, but we do know this: Tom Mix was the real “Junior Bonner.” Not yet a leading man, Mix had competed in the Prescott’s Frontier Days Rodeo in 1909,...

  • The Legend of La Tules
    17 Apr 15

    She was beautiful, or, she was a toothless hag. She had coal-black hair, or, she had a shock of red hair. She was from Sonora, Mexico, or France. She was reviled by uptight anglos and she was revered by many in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she reaped a...

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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, ...

The Gun that Won the Western

The Gun that Won the Western

During the “Golden Age” of film, which spanned the 1920s through the early 1960s...

Endless Rides

Endless Rides

W he n Warren A. Ferris set off in the employ of the American Fur Company to explo...

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True West's Best of the West 2012 Winners

True West's Best of the West 2012 Winners

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True West's Best of the West 2011 Winners

True West's Best of the West 2011 Winners

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True West's Best of the West 2013 Winners

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True West's Best of the West 2010 Winners

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Cord McCoy

Cord McCoy

Riding a bull requires practice, practice practice! Hard to hit a 90 mph fast bal...

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

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True West Magazine presented Forrest Fenn, whom Newsweek called a "real-life Indian...

One Man’s Dream

One Man’s Dream

When she was a seventh grader, Lori White knew Kenneth “Dobby” Lee as her school...

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crazyhorsewest.com

Chuck Paul always wanted to be a cowboy and, at the very least, this horse owner...

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Exploring the Old Oregon Country

Exploring the Old Oregon Country

David Thompson was fourteen when he began his life in North America as a clerk’s ...

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