History

Historic Bars in the West

Stepping into these Western watering holes is stepping back in time. Coaxing a stranger to dance with shots at his …

James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok

From simple beginnings in Illinois, the legendary gunfighter, Army scout, lawman, and gambler would become a legend and folk hero …

The Last Battle of the American Indian Wars

The final battle between Native American fighters and U.S. Army forces occurred 100 years ago in Bear Valley near the Arizona border with Mexico.

The Legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine

There’s gold in them there hills — or is there? In the Superstition Mountains outside of Phoenix, people have died trying to find out.

Clever Warriors, Horrible Violence

From the 1539 Hernando de Soto expedition to the Battle of Bear Valley in 1918, the visually impressive and densely informative “The Indian Wars” takes the reader through the stories of resistance, the stories of conflicts between empires and within tribes, and the stories of conquest and survival.

Native Americans in the Civil War

In the midst of a war fought on land that once was theirs, over a nation that denied them citizenship, Native Americans found themselves faced with a dubious decision: Whose side should they be fighting for?

Haunted Hotels in the West

Stay at some of the most haunted hotels out West — if you dare.

Seward’s Alaska Purchase

What could have been the real-estate boondoggle of the century turned out to be a boon for the Old West …