Collectibles

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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Hired Gun’s Last Weapon

Tom Horns gun-Charlie Russell letterOn June 1, 1903, three men who knew Tom Horn rode together in the parade at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming. Horn had been found guilty of murdering 14-year-old Willie Nickell the previous October. The Winchester Model 1894 .30-30 rifle he carried at the time of his arrest hammered down as the top lot, for $130,000, at High Noon’s auction in Mesa, Arizona, on January 24, 2015.

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Year of the Indian

Trail-of-the-Iron-Horse-by-Charles-M-RussellArt collectors were not surprised that the world-famous cowboy artist Charles M. Russell got his highest sale of the year with an American Indian artwork.

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Endless Rides

/Railing-Homeward-by-Walter-UferWhen Warren A. Ferris set off in the employ of the American Fur Company to explore the Rocky Mountains in 1830, he was accompanied by “some thirty men, mostly Canadians,” he wrote in his diary.

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The Best of Art & Collectibles for 2015

Edward Sheriff Curtis _Maid of DreamsFate hitched Edward S. Curtis to George Bird Grinnell at one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, Mount Rainier. The photographer met the American Indian anthropologist in 1898, the same year Curtis had received a gold medal in photography.

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True Westerners

Dan Piraro

Dan Piraro

Art was my first and most consistent love. I realized that because I was an incu...

Death in the Mississippi

Death in the Mississippi

The end of wars does not always mean the end of death and destruction. The Sultan...

Cement Cowboy Nearly Dies

Cement Cowboy Nearly Dies

On the Ashes of My Campfire, This City is Built.”

That inscription has graced a 2,...

True West Site Guide

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True West captures the spirit of the American West with authenticity, personality and humor by linking our history to our present. Whether you call it the Wild West, the Old West or the Far West, America's frontier history comes to life in True West, the world's oldest, continuously published Western Americana magazine.

Western movie fans, re-enactors, history buffs and road warriors, we got your history covered: outlaw, cowboy, Indian, lawman, gunfighter, fur trapper, miner, prospector, gambler, soldier, entertainer and pioneer. Check out these True Westerners now!
 

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The Illustrated Life and Times of Wyatt Earp

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