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True West Magazine

True West Magazine

True West relates our history back to the present day, showing readers the important role our heritage plays in keeping the spirit of the West alive during our

As U.S. Army wife Martha Summerhayes revealed in her published memoirs, Vanished Arizona, she traveled with a derringer for protection. She didn’t mention the brand, but she quite possibly could have been carrying a Southerner (inset, right) as these spur-trigger single-shooters were produced between 1867 and 1873, one year before she traveled with her husband to his new post in Arizona Territory. – Summerhayes photo True West Archives/ Firearm photo Courtesy Rock Island Auction Company –

On the back of this 1872 albumen photo of William Wallace, a note states the hunting pouch Wallace is wearing was “taken from the Indian Chief ‘Big Foot’ from whoom [sic] he derived his name.” The photo sold for a $10,000 bid at Heritage Auctions in 2013. – Courtesy Heritage Auctions –

Y.B. Rowdy (standing) evidently lent his Medal of Honor to fellow scout 1st Sgt. Cut-Mouth Moses for this circa 1895 photo session. Rowdy was honored for his bravery in action with Apaches on March 7, 1890, while he was serving as a Company A scout during the Cherry Creek Campaign in Arizona. – Courtesy Arizona Historical Society –

Western lore records Tom Horn as a gunfighter, and he did wield a gun during Arizona’s Pleasant Valley War in 1887, but he was more accurately a hired gunman who usually shot his victims from ambush. He’s shown here, in the jail in Cheyenne, Wyoming, before his 1903 execution for the murder of 14-year-old Willie Nickell. – Courtesy True West Archives –

April 5 was an eventful date in the gunfighting career of John Selman, the man most known for shooting down deadly killer John Wesley Hardin in 1895. On that day in 1894, Selman killed a former Texas Ranger named Bass Outlaw. On April 5, 1896, Selman got into a dispute with Deputy U.S. Marshal George Scarborough in El Paso, Texas, went into an alley to shoot it out...and lost. The lawman was 56 when he died. – Courtesy Leon Metz Collection –

Born in 1841, John Horton Slaughter fearlessly fought in skirmishes against all kinds of enemies—Comanches, while working as a Texas Ranger; Union soldiers, as a trooper; and wicked outlaws, as sheriff of Cochise County in Arizona. He lived to the ripe age of 80. – Courtesy Robert G. McCubbin Collection –

Augustine Chacon’s hanging on November 14 was a big occasion; a 14-foot adobe wall was built around the scaffold so that only those with invitations could view the execution. While walking up the steps of the scaffold (shown here), he shook the hands of admirers who would soon watch him drop to his death. – Courtesy True West Archives –

Bud Ledbetter, shown in this never-before-published photograph, gained a reputation for his gunfighting skills, especially after the deputy U.S. marshal assisted in bringing in four members of the train robbing Al Jennings Gang in 1897. – Courtesy Robert G. McCubbin Collection –

The lawman’s most famous kill did not come from a gun battle. In 1881, he sneaked into Pete Maxwell’s house and shot notorious outlaw Billy the Kid to death. – True West archives –

Billy Brooks reportedly shot it out with several men in various gunfights while working as a marshal in Newton, Kansas, and causing trouble as a badman in Dodge City. But when he returned to his old position as a stage driver for Southwestern Stage in 1874, the company lost a mail contract and Brooks was out of a job. He and others came up with a plan to steal the rival company’s horses and mules to get back the contract. – Courtesy Robert G. McCubbin Collection –

Daily Whipout "Mickey Free Rides Around the Glowing Crosses at Fronteras"

Daily Whipout "Mickey Free Looks For Sign In The Sky"

Tents line the beach before the Bering Sea in 1900. Worse than barren, this beach was strewn with the aftermath of the catastrophic storm that year, the last straw for many unsuccessful miners. – Courtesy Library of Congress –

By 1900, the streets of Nome were filled with throngs of people. In the photo above, you can see the Dexter saloon that Wyatt Earp owned along with Charlie Hoxie. – Courtesy Carrie M. McLain Museum collection, Nome, Alaska –

Canoes and kayaks are how residents got around Nome in the summer, when the Bering Sea was navigable. – Courtesy Carrie M. McLain Museum collection, Nome, Alaska –

Pictured in Nome, Alaska, Wyatt Earp (center) is shown with Norwegian frontiersman Ed Englestadt (at left) and former Tombstone Epitaph editor John Clum (at right) who was in Nome to run the postal service. – True West Archives –

The original ferris wheel built for Chicago’s world’s fair was exhibited in St. Louis for its 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, before it was demolished two years later. Geronimo rode the ferris wheel while he was at the world’s fair in St. Louis (he stands in the center, with other Indians at the fair). – Courtesy Library of Congress –

The world’s fair that preceded the one in Chicago, the Exposition Universelle in Paris, France, didn’t turn down Buffalo Bill Cody’s offer to showcase his Wild West troupe. When Cody’s cowboys and Indians had time off from performing their show outside of the official exposition in Chicago, some of them got a firsthand look at the new ferris wheel (above), which opened at the world’s fair on June 21. – Courtesy Library of Congress –

Egyptian belly dancers, including the one shown here, were seen gyrating their hips on the “Streets of Cairo” on the middle of the Midway, adjacent to the ferris wheel, at the world’s fair in 1893. – Courtesy Library of Congress –

On May 1, 1893, a crowd gathered to watch President Grover Cleveland and other dignitaries mark the grand opening of the World’s Columbian Exposition. – Courtesy Library of Congress –

Steve McQueen once famously said, “When a horse learns to buy martinis, I’ll learn to love horses.” He did, however, develop a deep bond with his on-screen quarter horse, Buster. – By Barbara Minty McQueen –

The superstar with his dog Junior, who was part shepherd and part collie. Junior was protective of his owner and was a known biter, but McQueen loved him dearly. Barbara Minty McQueen says Junior perished in the Arizona desert, most likely eaten by a pack of wolves. She said Steve looked for him for days, and that was the only time she witnessed her husband cry. – By Barbara Minty McQueen –

A leather-chapped McQueen sits in the director’s chair on the set of Tom Horn with a glass of iced down Old Milwaukee beer, his favorite beverage. – By Barbara Minty McQueen –