For many years, True West’s editors have published a much-debated 1889 photograph of Stwart’s Saloon from Charleston, Arizona Territory. The town supported local mining mills and local ranchers and quickly became a hotbed of an anti-Earp contingent of cowboys, outlaws and rustlers including Ike and Billy Clanton, Frank and Tom McLaury, Pete Spence, Frank Stilwell, John Ringo and Curly Bill Brocius. True West ran a photo in the May 2020 issue, after some detective work by the editor on the photo. Now, Western historian extraordinaire Roy Young has provided us the final word on the photo in question:
“There is an error on page 11 about which I’ve written to you twice before, once getting a published reply showing the correction. But, here it is again. As this is such a famous Arizona photograph, please note the following:
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Little Bighorn Memorial
A VISION REALIZED ON THE 145TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE
The Great Chiefs- THEIR COURAGE SHAPED A NATION.
Resting here until day breaks And shadows fall And darkness disappears Is Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Comanches. —Epitaph on Quanah Parker’s gravestone
The Hero or Goat of Beecher Island?
The legacy of Gen. George Forsyth’s leadership in the famous battle remains controversial over 150 years later.
REMEMBERING LARRY MCMURTRY
The life and times of the legendary Western writer and the legacy of Lonesome Dove.
Is Doc Holliday in This Photo, Or Not?
AN OLD PHOTO IS REEXAMINED BY THE WORLD’S TOP DOC HOLLIDAY EXPERT.
History, Haunts and Hotels
Old West adventures await across the Cowboy State’s colorful Carbon County.
AMBUSHED ON THE PECOS - THE COURAGEOUS LIFE AND DEATH OF OLIVER LOVING.
In 1867, beneath a bluff a few miles from Carlsbad, New Mexico, two Texas cattlemen—one of them a trail-hardened 52-year-old, the other a 23-year-old roughneck—were fighting for their lives, surrounded by a marauding party of Comanches. If recorded at all, such an event would have been no more than a blip on the historical calendar of the American West, but this one—and its aftermath—turned out to be one of the most amazing examples of courage, loyalty and sheer grit in all the annals of the frontier.
Out West AND DOWN UNDER
Quigley Down Under challenged the status quo of Western filmmaking in 1990, and it continues to inspire three decades later.
Overland Trails: Fur Trappers to Pony Express Riders
ENJOY THE ADVENTURE AND HISTORICAL SITES BETWEEN ST. LOUIS AND FORT LARAMIE.
Tom Selleck THE LAST OF THE BREED
The renowned film and television star reflects on his 50 years in Westerns and his hope that he will ride the range again on the silver screen.
GEOLOGY IN THE NATIONAL PARKS
The Science Behind the Scenery
A New View of Mineral Museums
This year of 2021 certainly started out to be disappointing for many mineral collectors. We were all looking forward to a host of mineral-related activities. Instead, few mineral shows and mineral activities on the calendar remain, so the first months of this year were devoid of organized mineral activity.
Nurse-turned-supermodel Maggie Rawlins is a true angel of mercy
America's Friendlist Summits
Some high points require expert skill, a bit of luck, and probably some suffering. Not these. Here are 15 peaks—high on views, low on effort—that don’t play hard to get.
OVERLAND ADVENTURE 2020: PART 2
Exploring the Gold King Mine and more of Arizona’s historic backcountry
Dee Zee’s new tailgate cutting board is perfect for overlanding
INTEL ANNOUNCES ARIZONA EXPANSION AS CHIPMAKER SEEKS FOOTING
Intel announced this week it will build two new factories in Arizona and outsource more of its production as a new CEO looks to turnaround the struggling chipmaker.
Another Front in the COVID Fight
The commander of a National Guard task force says they’re filling gaps in the health care system.
TAKE THE HIGH ROAD
Solomonson Family Heirloom the FFG Way
Grand Slam, Back to Back to Back to Back