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The Making of a Legendary American Film

by Don Graham When George Stevens picked Rock Hudson to play rancher Bick Benedict in the big new film that everybody in Hollywood was buzzing about, the actor couldn’t have been happier. He was “walking in clouds,” he wrote Stevens

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John Wesley Hardin and the Wild West of Dodge City

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by Tom Clavin The word “gunfighter” in America can be traced back to 1874, but it wasn’t until around 1900 that it was more commonly used. The term that most people used in the 1870s was “shootist,” or the more specific

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The Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836

Battle of San Jacinto

Editor: Michael Spilling and Consultant Editor: Chris McNab American Battles and Campaigns – The Battle of San Jacinto (San Jacinto River), April 21, 1836 As commander-in-chief of the Texas settlers’ revolution against Mexico, Sam Houston kept his force in readiness

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Frank Hamer and the Texas Bandit War of 1915

by John Boessenecker Extremely modest and humble, Frank Hamer left behind but scant correspondence and no diaries or journals. Even to his closest friends Frank Hamer rarely spoke of the violent events of his long career. Yet his story is not

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