History In The Headlines

Category: American West

wild bill hickok

The Original Wild West Showdown, 150 Years Ago

On July 21, 1865, frontier legend Wild Bill Hickok gunned down gambler Davis Tutt in what is what is often called the first “Wild West” showdown.

billy the kid

Historian Seeks Death Certificate to End Billy the Kid Rumors

An historian fed up with doubts about Billy the Kid’s demise has petitioned a New Mexico court to create a death certificate for the famous outlaw.

Oklahoma Land Run

The Oklahoma Land Rush, 125 Years Ago

Look back at the day 125 years ago when 50,000 “boomers” and “sooners” made a mad dash to stake their claims in the Oklahoma Land Rush.

Texas Facts

9 Things You May Not Know About Texas

Celebrate Texas Independence Day with a look at some of the state’s quirks.

Butch Cassidy Gun

Butch Cassidy Gun With Secret Code Hidden in Grip Sells for $175,000

A gun owned by train and bank robber Robert LeRoy Parker, better known as Butch Cassidy, has fetched $175,000 at auction.

Jesse James Wanted Poster

Jesse James Wanted Poster Goes Up for Auction

A rare Frank and Jesse James reward poster could fetch $25,000 when it goes under the gavel on Saturday, making it a most-wanted wanted poster.

Annie Oakley Gun

Annie Oakley’s Gun Sells at Auction

The shotgun Annie Oakley may have used while performing for Queen Victoria has fetched $143,400.

Elvis Presley

People Rumored to Have Survived Their Deaths: Slideshow

As historians claim that Butch Cassidy lived to a ripe old age, find out about other historical figures rumored to have survived long after their supposed deaths.

al-capone-gun-thumb

A Tale of Two Guns: Legendary Gangsters’ Revolvers Up for Auction

Al Capone’s gun will go up for auction next month, but a revolver that belonged the lesser-known gangster Cole Younger may fetch more money.

donner-party-thumb_large_310x206

Lincoln Documents Accompanied Donner Party on Its Grim Journey

Researchers have uncovered an unlikely connection between a young Abraham Lincoln and the ill-fated Donner Party.