Living the Dream

What is the legend of El Tiradito?

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“I knew Wyatt Earp...I was an assistant prop boy then...and he told me about the fight at the O.K. Corral.”

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California Raisins

Frontier-Fare-Hermit-Rasin-CookiesSince raisins are nothing more than dried grapes, they came from wine-producing regions. In the early 1800s, they were largely imported from Spain. But as California began experimenting with grapes, that trend slowly changed.

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Museums We Love

Bob Boze Bell at Museum of the West in Scottsdale AZ

Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has been a long time coming.

Our friend Abe Hays has been championing the idea of a Western museum in the Arizona town for at least 30 years. Most of us in the history biz gave up any chance of it happening about 10 years ago. Hays never gave up on his dream.

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Sitting Duck

Scotch Barley Broth

In just one short year, the Brown Palace had become one of the leading hotels in the frontier West.

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Going Behind the Scenes

wyattsupermarshal-for-postWith all of the articles we have done about Wyatt Earp over the years, you might think we could just slap a few anecdotes and photographs on the page and call it a day.  That couldn't be any further from the truth. Here are some entries from the blog of True West Executive Editor, Bob Boze Bell, that show only a fraction of the work we put into our October 2015 issue.

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Milkshake Mix-Up

Strawberry-milk-shake_shaken-up-flavored-milkThe milkshake as we know it today, an ice cream drink, was created between 1911 and 1922, spun into a wholesome and delicious form by newly invented electric hand mixers and blenders.

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Gold Dust and the Hangman's Noose

haney_nevadacityfamily_001_600x400pxUntil there is a time machine invented somewhere other than a Hollywood studio, history will be limited to memories of the dead and books of the living. There are, however, places where history lurks just beneath the surface of the modern world. Two such places are the Southwest Montana twin ghost towns of Virginia City and Nevada City.

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The Bitter Truth

Homemade-Horseradish-Kills-horsesI get hoarse after eating strong horseradish, but Henry Scammell felt otherwise. “Horseradish will afford instantaneous relief in most obstinate cases of hoarseness.

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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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