Gunfighters in the Wild West

By Andrew Pankratz The typical Western movie or novel ends with a glamorous gunfight on a dusty street. What could be more romantic, than a chance to publicly vindicate yourself, and have a few dozen witnesses to your proficiency with a gun? But did it ever actually happen? Wild Bill Hickok had public fight onContinue reading “Gunfighters in the Wild West”

Big Medicine in the Wild West

In the early days of the Wild West, a band of Indians approached a priest and requested that he baptize them. The padre was delighted. However, to fulfill church policy, he inquired into the braves’ desire for baptism. The bronzed warriors replied that they wanted the Spanish medicine. (Medicine, to the Indians, was anything thatContinue reading “Big Medicine in the Wild West”