History Stories
CATEGORY: American West
Why Have Americans Always Been So Obsessed with the Land?
March 7, 2018

Land lies deep in the American psyche. Read More

Was the Real Lone Ranger a Black Man?
February 1, 2018

The amazing true story of Bass Reeves, the freed slave who protected the Wild West. Read More

The Unlikely Alliance Between Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull
October 24, 2017

Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull performed together in Wild West shows that toured the U.S. and Europe, and forged what would become a very strange friendship. Read More

The Disease That Helped Put Colorado on the Map
October 4, 2017

The state was once known as "the world’s sanatorium." Read More

Meet Stagecoach Mary, the Daring Black Pioneer Who Protected Wild West Stagecoaches
September 14, 2017

Would-be mail thieves didn’t stand a chance against Stagecoach Mary. The hard-drinking, quick-shooting mail carrier sported two guns and men’s clothing. Read More

7 of the Most Outrageous Medical Treatments in History
September 5, 2017

Why were parents giving their children heroin in the 1880s? Read More

The West’s Most Notorious Socialite Froze to Death Near a Worthless Mine
July 27, 2017

The answers can be found in her scandalous life. Read More

The Mysterious Deaths of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
April 13, 2016

Read about the enduring mystery surrounding the deaths of the notorious outlaw, Butch Cassidy, and his partner in crime, the “Sundance Kid.” Read More

Is Photo of Jesse James with Killer Real?
October 8, 2015

A Houston forensic artist says a photograph purported to show outlaw Jesse James sitting next to his eventual killer, Robert Ford, is authentic. Read More

The Original Wild West Showdown
July 21, 2015

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. Read More