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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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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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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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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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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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True Westerners

ELizabeth Fenn

ELizabeth Fenn

If I had been a member of the Corps of Discovery, I would have brought my own via...

Video Villa!

Video Villa!

Mexican Revolution leader Pancho Villa knew the value of good publicity. Mutual F...

Studying Villa’s Raid

Studying Villa’s Raid

March 9, 1916, started out bad for the 13th Cavalry at Camp Furlong. Ignoring th...

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The Illustrated Life and Times of Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp

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