Collectibles

World’s Most Gorgeous Saddle

A pioneer who built the “largest Lima bean ranch in the world” owned the “most gorgeous thing of its kind in the world,” a Mexican pattern saddle that landed the top bid at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 6.

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First Sketch Made in the West

Green-River-1896-oil-by-Thomas-MoranBefore 34-year-old Thomas Moran reached his ultimate destination of Yellowstone in Wyoming Territory in the summer of 1871, he stepped off the Union Pacific Railroad and viewed the towering cliffs of the Green River. The artist completed a field study that he later inscribed, “First Sketch Made in the West.”

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Wild Wilcox Robbery

Sundance-and-the-Wild-Bunch-Hit-the-Union-Pacific-oil-by-Andy-ThomasWhat...is...history?” asked French Revolution leader Napoléon Bonaparte. “A fable agreed upon.”

He went on to state, “...you will not find two accounts agreeing together in relating the same fact: some have remained contested points to this day, and will ever remain so.”

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Dragged to Death

Navajo Frank hanging in Las Vegas-New Mexico

The summer after William “Billy the Kid” McCarty cheated his hangman and successfully broke out of jail, killing two guards during his escape, citizens of Las Vegas, New Mexico, encountered a new horror.

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Buffalo Bill’s Disputed Dagger

Buffalo-Bills-DaggerFrom P.T. Barnum to Buffalo Bill Cody, successful 19th-century showmen knew that a degree of truth was essential to the most potent deceptions. This dance of artifice and sincerity was more than a trick, but a true embodiment of the American frontier experience. In communities seething with humanity, but not much law or order, folks had to discern for themselves what was real and what was not.

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True Westerners

Rick Wallner

Rick Wallner

The best book on Bent’s Fort is David Lavender’s Bent’s Fort , although Mark Lee G...

Justice for Jack

Justice for Jack

Pioneer Jack Swilling should be remembered for his many contributions to Arizona...

Liberty, Not Death

Liberty, Not Death

Children soothed their thirst by scraping their fingernails on barrack windows t...

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The Illustrated Life and Times of Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp

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