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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

A Nice Bit of the Old west. Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill and Texas Jack.

Edward Curtis took this photograph of Chief Joseph in Seattle in 1903, just a year before the Nez Perce leader’s death. – Courtesy Library of Congress –

Texas Jack Omohundro was a genuine frontier scout before he joined Buffalo Bill Cody on the stage. It is said they were lousy actors, but they sure looked good! This photo shows us what the audiences saw onstage. You can see why they loved them, even if they could not act.

A young Bat Masterson stands alongside his friend Wyatt Earp in this 1876 photo. At the time, they were Ford County deputies. Masterson was 23, and Earp was 28. – True West Archives –

Tim & Sandy Arbogast from Hillsboro, Oregon, two passionate history lovers who fight over True West when it comes in the mail, paid a visit to the True West office last week. Does their struggle sound familiar to any other readers?

Buffalo Bill ~ American soldier, Bison Hunter & Showman ~ He received the Medal of Honor in 1872 for service to the U.S. Army as a scout.

Annie Oakley shooting over her shoulder using a hand mirror.

Firearms Editor Phil Spangenberger found this cabinet photo in an antique shop in Randsburg, California, that borders the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where this photo was probably taken around 1900. These passengers must have been important because two mounted and armed guards are escorting the wagon through the mountain pass. – Courtesy Phil Spangenberger –

Jack London, dressed here in his Klondike gear, attracted a lot of fans after he sold his first story, “To the Man on the Trail,” to The Overland Monthly in 1898. The Klondike gold fields excited “jaded readers, grown weary of the stereotyped magazine story of the wild and woolly west...,” the magazine reported in a feature about London in 1920. – Courtesy Huntington Library –

Wild Women in the Wild West? (late 1890s/early 1900s)

The Huntington Library claims London inscribed the note “This is Buck” on this photograph of the Klondike cabin where Marshall and Louis Bond (pictured) lived with their dog Jack. Buck was the half St. Bernard, half sheepdog who was stolen from a California estate and sold as a sled dog in the Arctic. In London’s The Call of the Wild, he evolved into a fierce animal torn between his loyalty to his master and his desire to reconnect with the wild. – Courtesy Huntington Library –

Emma Lake Hickok was called the Queen of the Sidesaddle in the 1870s-80s. She would burst into the arena standing atop a pair of chestnut mares, one foot in each saddle, then race around the ring at top speed.

Daily Whipout, "Moon's Flattop (Near Flattop Mesa)"

Sharkey, the famous bucking bull, knocked off another rodeo cowboy in this photograph taken in 1913 by Ralph Doubleday, who Will Rogers credited for “90 per cent of the rodeo pictures ever made” in his McNaught Syndicate newspaper column.

Thanks Dan Mathews! "1885 home showing water collecting system"

Thanks to JR Sanders from Redlands, California! "You may be cool, but are you a dog sitting a horse with one paw resting on the saddle horn cool? Me neither."

Thanks to Kyle Lewis! "My great grandfather Jefferson Bingly Yarbrough (center) age 19. When he was 47, he was shot while defending a woman who's husband had just beat her. The shooter didn't get away without consequence, as my grandfather fell from his wound he shot the fleeing subject hitting him in the right elbow with a .45 caliber bullet from his Colt's SAA. The bullet blew the subjects arm off leaving it at the scene of the crime. I have the watch chain he's wearing in this photo."

Pearl Hart . Stagecoach robber who was sentenced to five years in an all male prison....after two years she became pregnant and was pardoned.

In this rare photograph, Pat Garrett and friends pose on their way to George Curry’s inauguration as governor of New Mexico in 1907. That is Garrett’s nemesis, A.B. Fall, kneeling, third from right.

Virgil Earp’s wife-to-be, Alvira “Allie” Packingham Sullivan, at age 16.

The Fountain Murders. A.J. Fountain vs Oliver Lee’s Gang. February 1, 1896

This pretty young lass is dressed in the latest fashion—for the late 19th century that is—including her high tech, pump-action Colt Lightning carbine. She undoubtedly wowed the crowds of the Wild West shows.

DODGE CITY PEACE COMMISSION - In 1883, Dodge City, Kansas, hosted the most impressive group of frontier lawmen to sit for a group portrait: (front row, from left) Charlie Bassett, Wyatt Earp, W.F. McLain, Neil Brown; (back row) W.H. Harris, Luke Short, Bat Masterson, W.F. Petillon.