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Galen Clark

Galen-Clark_in-mariposa-groveThanks to an unlikely visionary’s humble efforts to preserve California’s Yosemite Valley and nearby giant redwoods, new generations of adventurers continue to enjoy them as places of untouched beauty.

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Saving Luke Short’s Hotel

OWS_kathleen-holt_cimmaron-hotel-preservationistKathleen Holt would like to say that she skateboarded in front of the 1886 hotel, as she was growing up in Cimarron, Kansas, some 50 years ago, and dreamed of owning the precious place where, as she puts it, “cowboys went to get the heck out of Dodge.”

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State of the Union

iconsThey’re larger than life, these men and women of the Old West who are part of America’s history and its legacy.

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Wild Bill’s Last Fight

classicgunfightsOctober 5, 1871

The summer cattle season is all but over, and Marshal Wild Bill Hickok has kept the peace in Abilene, Kansas—not an easy job. The last marshal, legendary Thomas J. Smith, was killed in the line of duty.

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The Saint of Stillwater Prison

saintThe closest the surviving Younger brothers ever got to heaven was a prison guard who may be declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

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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,...

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