- Published October 09, 2014
- Written by Bob Boze Bell
When Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp utters his death-defying oath, “You tell ’em I’m coming, and Hell is coming with me, you hear!” with Biblical conviction in the film Tombstone, you know that your bucket-list must include a walk down the boardwalks of Tombstone to the back of the O.K. Corral to witness where the dirt and manure were soaked red with blood.
- Published September 09, 2014
- Written by Stuart Rosebrook
Western historical art has two great masters to whom all later artists are compared: Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The peers have their champions and their detractors, but whether you favor the “Montana Cowboy” over the “New York Dude,” or vice versa, the fact is these two American artists stand at the foundation of 135 years of Western American art.
- Published July 15, 2014
- Written by Mark Boardman
Face it—nothing says “Old West” quite like a good, old-fashioned, American train robbery.
The image is burned in our brains: a gang of masked men stops the locomotive, holds passengers and crew at bay with gleaming .45s, blows the express safe with some well placed explosives, then rides hell-for-leather to safety astride the best horses money can buy (or that they could steal).
- Published August 12, 2014
- Written by Johnny D. Boggs
What we learned over the past year is this: Communication is important, even in museums. In August 2013, History Colorado Center closed its exhibit on the Sand Creek Massacre after complaints from Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians because those tribes had not been consulted.
- Published June 17, 2014
- Written by Allen & Margaret Barra
There isn’t one Old West, there are many, as different as the Spanish–flavored architecture of San Antonio is to the Victorian facades of Deadwood with locales as diverse as the hearty mountain settings of Meeker, Colorado, to the sun and sea washed streets of Old San Diego. The 18 hotels we’ve selected here each offer a different slice of life in the frontier West ranging from the rustic simplicity, to Gilded Age elegance of the 19th century with 21st century convenience.