True Westerners

Dr. Jeremy Rowe

dr-jeremy-roweI started collecting because I caught the bug—first reacting to the images, then to their context and history, and finally to the process of extracting the embedded stories that they contain.

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Jim Rodgers

Jim-RogersArizona and Western history are synonymous since Arizona was basically the last frontier. The state’s history is rich in Western lore—rich mineral deposits, boomtowns, famous gunfights, ranching, cowboys and the final years of the Indian Wars.

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Al Harper, Railroad Owner

Al-Harper-waving-by-Durango-and-Silverton-trainI fell in love with trains when my dad gave my brothers and me a Lionel train set when I was eight.

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Clu Gulager

Clu-Gulager-as-Billy-The-KidWhen I shot my first episode of The Tall Man, Universal Studios found a wonderful pasture by the freeway, which had dozens and dozens of cars going back and forth, back and forth. They spent a lot of money on cattle. We lost the whole scene—they couldn’t hear one  word that we said. So we lost a big production value with the cattle.

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Bill O’Neal, Texas State Historian

WHHTM_Bill-O-neal_gunfighterologyGunfighters intrigue me because nothing is more dramatic than life and death conflict, especially when that conflict is carried out by men in big hats and boots, armed with six-shooters and Winchesters.

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L.Q. Jones

L-Q-JonesThe Western is a good genre if reasonably done. It’s a morality play, and it went along that way for 100 years. I contributed to its downfall when I made The Wild Bunch. But notice, since we made it, almost all Westerns have gone to ultra-violent.

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Mark Lee Gardner, Spur Winner

Mark-Lee-Gardner-and-son-Vance-in-ferrotype-by-Quinn-JacobsonI know someone is into Billy the Kid as soon as they ask me what he was really like, as if I knew him personally.

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Brian Lebel, Founder of Old West Show & Auction

WHHTM_Brian-and-Melissa-LebelI collect art because it surprises me. The same painting can look different every day. It’s always changing.

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Victoria Wilcox, Author

Victoria-Wilcox_Author_trilogy_Southern-SonWhat most don’t know about Doc Holliday is that he didn’t go west for his health. Some report he left Georgia because of a wandering spirit, or, as Bat Masterson wrote in Human Life magazine, because of a quick trigger finger. If he were seeking a health resort, Georgia was full of them, and famous for a few. So something else must have sent him west. Bat’s story seems most likely to me.

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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.

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