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11 Incredible Tall Tales From The Old West

Natalee Caple | Posted 11.13.2013 | Books
Natalee Caple

What I saw in the Old West was a magic made possible by a nation imagining itself for the first time through new technologies: print, film, television.

My Daily Old West Vacation

Jeff Polman | Posted 09.07.2013 | Entertainment
Jeff Polman

As someone well into his 50s, I've never had the time or inclination to be a voracious video gamer. That's for the young, impressionable, and unemployed. But now and then I creep into marvelously rendered PS3 worlds that take my breath away.

Movie Review: The Last Stand

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sometimes, all you want is a knock-down, guns-blazing approximation of an old-style western, even if it's set in contemporary times. As a modern oater, The Last Stand is shamelessly entertaining.

Old Hat: Broker's Gin and the Fate of the Bowler

Christian Chensvold | Posted 11.21.2012 | Style
Christian Chensvold

Summer comes to an official end today, and with it the close of gin-and-tonic season, for as the leaves turn from light to dark, so does our liquor.

David Lohr

Legendary Outlaw Butch Cassidy's Colt .45 To Be Auctioned | David Lohr | Posted 09.20.2012 | Crime

A pistol that once belonged to legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy will be auctioned on Sept. 30 and is expected to fetch upwards of $250,000. Maile Pin...

Koch Buys Himself Life-Size Old West Playhouse

Posted 08.21.2012 | Denver

"Nothing is impossible," so the saying goes, and is apparently a mantra that billionaire William Koch takes to heart. The oil tycoon whose net wor...

Koch Brother Building His Own Cowboy Town

Slate | Matthew Yglesias | Posted 08.21.2012 | Business

By now everyone knows about the Koch brothers' efforts to spend a fair chunk of their millions on defeating President Obama and reshaping American...

'Billy The Kid' PBS Film Explores Hispanic Link

AP | By RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 12.12.2011 | Latino Voices

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- His mythical exploits and jail escapes made this son of Irish immigrants one of the nation's most famous Old West outlaws. Yet fe...

Federal Charges For Ex-Felon Wild West Re-enactor In Live Ammo Fight Flub

AP | DIRK LAMMERS | Posted 09.26.2011 | Crime

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — An Old West gun battle re-enactor who injured three South Dakota tourists when live ammunition was fired instead of blanks f...

Tourists At Wild West Show Shot With Live Bullets

AP | CHET BROKAW | Posted 08.27.2011 | Crime

PIERRE, S.D. -- One of the participants in a mock Old West gun battle in South Dakota fired live ammunition instead of using blanks, wounding three to...

Not A Real Straight Shooter: Tourists Injured At Cowboy Show

AP | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

HILL CITY, S.D. — An Old West shootout staged as part of a charity fundraiser may have come a little too close to the real thing when three tour...

Movie Review: True Grit

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While both the 1969 and the Coens bothers' remake are relatively faithful to the novel, the Coens more closely captures a sense of rough justice, and that even heroes have feet of clay.

Dick Cheney: The Quintessential Villain of the American West

Nathan Hegedus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Hegedus

Sadly, in both the Old West and the new West, the big boys in the smoke-filled rooms always need a Dick Cheney.