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The Wild WestThe term "wild west" conjures many things in the mind—criminal outlaws like Billy the Kid or Jesse James, the California Gold Rush, or the folklore associated with the American frontier. We welcome you to browse our Wild West newspaper inventory or learn more about American Wild West newspapers at our main Wild West page.
The Wild West
The term "wild west" conjures many things in the mind—criminal outlaws like Billy the Kid or Jesse James, the California Gold Rush, or the folklore associated with the American frontier. We welcome you to browse our Wild West newspaper inventory or learn more about American Wild West newspapers at our main Wild West page.
August 14, 1867
NEW YORK WEEKLY TRIBUNE, Aug. 14, 1867 The ftpg. has a detailed report headed: "The Indian War", portions including: "The Indians have made 3 separate descents on the working parties along the railroad beyond Fort Hays...Several Indians were killed...It is reported here that six men were surrounded by the Indians at Milk Creek. Two men were killed & scalped...number killed... See More
November 3, 1882
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Nov. 3, 1882 Page 2 has a somewhat brief article headed: "Dick Liddell [Liddil] Released on Bond" noting in part: "...the case of Dick Liddel, on trial for conspiracy in connection with the Mussel Shoals robbery, committed by Frank and Jesse James and Bill Ryan..." with more (see). Page 5 has: "Taught To Be Cowboys" "The Practical ... See More
October 23, 1879
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Oct. 23, 1879
* Deadwood SD South Dakota
* Wild Bill Hickok fame
Page 6 has nearly two columns taken up with a great report on one of the more famous of the Old West towns, Deadwood, Dakota Territory. Heads: "Donan In Deadwood" "Notes of a Trip to Dakota by the Distinguished Colonel" "Mining Matters--Agricultural Prospects--Soc... See More
November 6, 1879
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Nov. 6, 1879 The ftpg. has column heads responding to the rumored death of Jesse James reported in this newspaper 2 days prior (was not true): "THE STIFF SECRETED" "Jesse James Succeeds in Disappearing" "The Detectives Battled by the Bandits" "Not the Slightest Trace of Their Hiding Place". The report begins: "The much mo... See More
December 3, 1879
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Dec. 3, 1879 The front page has a column headed: "DEAD AS A DOOR NAIL" "The Four Murder of Marshal Culver Near Cameron" Shot from His Horse While Chasing Two Desperadoes" "The Assassins Subsequently Captured & Locked Up".
Eight pages, very small water stain near at the heading, nice condition.
September 20, 1877
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Sept. 20, 1877
* Union Pacific Big Springs robbery
* Old West outlaw - train robber Sam Bass
The front page has: "A Train Robbed By Highwaymen" being a report about a train held up by "...thirteen masked men at Big Springs, Neb..." which provides nice detail about the "loot" which included $65,000 in coin and more. Although not mentioned here,... See More
October 6, 1882
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Oct. 6, 1882 Close to half of page 6 is taken up with very detailed accounts of: "FRANK JAMES" "The Missouri Bandit In the Hands of the Law" "He Decides to Surrender & Give Himself Up To the State Authorities" with more. Included is a quite lengthy letter by him to the governor--taking a full column--signed in type: Frank James.
Gr... See More
October 6, 1885
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Oct. 6, 1885
* Buffalo Bill Cody
* Wild West Show ad
Page 7 contains an advertisement for "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" show which includes a nice print of him. Good text on those in the show, with special mention that the show: "...features the Renowned Sioux Chief, Sitting Bull..." with more.
Twelve pages, various browning & some m... See More
May 11, 1882
GUNNISON DAILY REVIEW, Gunnision, Colorado, May 11, 1882
* Rare Old West title
* Volume 1 issue
An uncommon title from this boom mining town in the southwestern quadrant of Colorado, tucked in a valley amidst the Rocky Mountains. Gunnison boomed in the late 1870's and early 1880's and was once the home of Wyatt Earp and "Texas Jack". Today there are some 5500 r... See More
October 10, 1858
NEW YORK HERALD, Oct. 10, 1858
* First transcontinental mail service success
* Arrives at San Francisco, California
Page 4 has a report noting the very first transcontinental mail service to San Francisco, with: "Very Late From California" "Arrival of the First Overland Mail" "Short Trip Across the Plains" with several dispatches. See the hyperlink for fu... See More
January 6, 1893
LAS VEGAS DAILY OPTIC, New Mexico (Territory), Jan. 6, 1893
* Very early for this state
An uncommon territorial newspaper from 19 years before statehood. The fist column has: "THE CATTLEMEN IN COURT" "The Wyoming Cattlemen Must Lay Aside Their Fire-Arms While in Cheyenne" "Dead-Lock In Colorado" and more.
Four pages, large folio size, archivally rejoined ... See More
June 10, 1873
ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, New York, June 10, 1873 The top of the ftpg. has column heads on the Modoc Indian War, with: "THE MODOCS" "A Cruel Massacre" "A Train of Prisoners Attacked by Oregon Volunteers" "Little John, Tehee Jack, Pony Mooch and Others Killed". Page 3 has an interesting article: "Abraham Lincoln's Duel--Forgotten Inci... See More
October 22, 1899
ARIZONA DAILY STAR, Tucson, Oct. 22, 1899
* Rare old West title
A complete four page issue of this territorial newspapers, as Arizona did not became a state until 13 years later. Various news & ads of the day with the ftpg. having: "Gold Strike in Texas" "New Use For Copper" "Reliable News Meager" "Germany On The War" and more. Subscription l... See More
January 10, 1917
MILWAUKEE DAILY NEWS, Wisconsin, Jan. 10, 1917
* Buffalo Bill death
* William Cody
This issue has one of the better reports on the death of Buffalo Bill Cody, as other reports we've encountered tend to be related to an inside pages with small reports. This is in the center of the front page with a very nice graphic, and mention of him in the banner headline: "...'BUFFALO BILL&... See More
July 1, 1882
MOUNTAIN MAIL, Salida, Colorado, July 1, 1882
* Very rare Old West title
* Town view print
Printed in the masthead is: "Colorado Produces Millions of Silver, and Silver Is King." A very rare title, as there are no institutions noted in Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) which have any holdings of this title. The holdings of the only one listed (Kansas St. Hist. Soc.... See More
May 7, 1873
EVENING EXPRESS, Los Angeles, California, May 7, 1873 An early issue from this now-huge West Coast city containing various news of the day & a great wealth of ads.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, small edge tears, otherwise in very good condition.
November 27, 1880
MOUNTAIN MAIL, Salida, Colorado, Nov. 27, 1880
* Very rare Old West title
Printed in the masthead is: "Colorado Produces Millions of Silver, and Silver Is King." A very rare title, as there are no institutions noted in Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) which have any holdings of this title. The holdings of the only one listed (Kansas St. Hist. Soc.) were recently pu... See More
April 29, 1882
TRUCKEE REPUBLICAN (Semi-Weekly), California, April 29, 1882
* Wild Old West
* Uncommon title
From this town at the "elbow" of California near the Nevada border at an elevation of 5800 ft. Historically well known for the Donner Party tragedy which happened nearby in 1846.
Complete in four pages, various news & illus. ads of the day, minor irregularity along the spine, v... See More
July 9, 1905
THE GRAHAM GUARDIAN, Safford, Graham County, Arizona, July 9, 1905 A quite uncommon title from Eastern Arizona and a territorial title as well as Arizona did not become a state until 7 years later.
Four page, loose at the spine, much chipping at the margins and many tears at the margins. Very fragile and must be handled very carefully.
July 15, 1876
THE VENTURA SIGNAL, San Buenaventura, Ventura County, California, July 15, 1876
* General George Custer massacre
* Battle of Little Big Horn
* Rare Old West title
The front page has: "The Situation Grave" which concerns the recent Custer Massacre, beginning: "It is agreed on all hands that there must now be an Indian war, till hostile Indians of the Northwest have been... See More
August 11, 1879
NEW YORK TIMES, Aug. 11, 1879
* Doc Middleton described
* James M. Riley - David C.
* Outlaw & horse thief
The top of page 2 has an interesting & lengthy article headed: "MIDDLETON, THE OUTLAW" "Something About The Bandit of the Niobrara" "How He Became A Robber & A Murderer--Incidents In His Career". The article takes three-quarters of a col... See More
October 2, 1875
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Oct. 2, 1875 Page 3 has most of a column taken up with: "Were They The James Boys? "Two Men Stop a Texas Express Wagon & Rob It of a Large Amount of Money". The article is very detailed and is a terrific account of a stage coach robbery (see), but this robbery was apparently not the work of Jesse & Frank James.
Twelve pages, nice condition.... See More
March 29, 1872
NEW YORK HERALD, March 29, 1872
* Outlaw Sam Hildebrand death
* Southeast Missouri Bushwhacker
* Jesse James Gang member
Page 4 has an article headed: "An Outlaw's Doom" with subheads: "Death of the Missouri Desperado Hildebrand--Escape of the Outlaw from Missouri--Raid on an Illinois Village--A Walking Arsenal--Arrest of the Murderer---Attempt Upon an Officer'... See More
November 1, 1881
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Nov. 1, 1881
* Jesse & Frank James - outlaws
* Adairville, Logan County, Kentucky
Near the bottom of pg. 2 has; "The James Boys in Kentucky" concerning attempts for their capture, noting in part: "....an organized effort was made Friday night to capture the James brothers in Logan County, near Adairsville. It had been rumored for several da... See More
May 17, 1879
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, May 17, 1879 Page 6 has column heads: "SURE TO MEET SAM" "The Scaffold Awaiting a Member of the Bass Gang" "Henri Stewart, the Half-Breed, Convicted of Murder". See the web for more on the notorious Sam Bass gang of outlaws.
Twelve pages, nice condition.... See More
November 16, 1890
THE WYOMING COMMONWEALTH, Cheyenne, November 16, 1890 This issue was published just several months after Wyoming became a state. Most of page 7 is taken up with a terrific: "Bird's-Eye View of Interior Heights." which is a great overview of much of Cheyenne at the time. The front page contains articles "The Coming Man - Is it to be James G. Blaine, the Most Popular America... See More
May 24, 1873
ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, New York, May 24, 1873
* Modoc War ending - Lava Beds
* Captain Jack - Bogus Charley
The top of the ftpg. has column heads on the Modoc Indian War: "THE MODOCS" "Half of Captain Jack's Band Surrender" "Bogus Charley and Hooka Jim of the Number" "Interesting Account of the Savages" "Obsequies of ... See More
June 8, 1907
BISBEE EVENING MINER, Arizona (Territory), June 8, 1907 A territorial newspaper from just above the border with Mexico, as Arizona did not join the Union until 1912. Among the front page headlines: "Many Die In Violent Storm" "Illinois Villages Swept by Tornado" & much more.
Inside pages have much reporting on local & Arizona-wide events.
Complete in 8 pag... See More
October 6, 1887
ARIZONA GAZETTE, Phoenix, Oct. 6, 1887
* Very rare issue from the Arizona Territory
This is an extremely early and uncommon newspaper from Arizona Territory (it wasn't a state until 1912). Filled with various news of the day both local and national, and a wealth of ads--most very "Western" looking and many illustrated.
The front page has almost a full column of: "Lo... See More
May 31, 1884
ALBUQUERQUE MORNING JOURNAL, New Mexico, May 31, 1884
* New Mexico Territory
Very rare to find 19th century newspapers from Albuquerque, and this issue is dated 28 years before New Mexico would become a state. This is a 4 page newspaper with local, regional and national news, topical reports and ads.
A large folio size newspaper, never bound nor trimmed, printed on high-qu... See More
November 6, 1878
WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT, Yolo County, California, Nov. 6, 1878
* Rare Old West title
* Buffalo Bill interview
About two-thirds of a front page column are headed: "Buffalo Bill's Account of Himself" with the article relaying an interview with him beginning: "Buffalo Bill is probably more widely known than any other so-called desperado in the country..." with mor... See More
April 7, 1882
THE DAILY MEMPHIS AVALANCHE, Tennessee, April 7, 1882
* Outlaw Jesse James
* Death - funeral
* Rare title
The top of a middle column on the front page has notable heads: "JESSE JAMES", "The Remains of a Missouri Bandit Lying in State", "Crowds of People Visit the Place to Look at the Body", "The Funeral Services & the Procession to the Grave&quo... See More
July 20, 1875
THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 20, 1875 Not only does this issue contain the very first mention of notorious outlaw Jesse James in the venerable Times, but the report is almost entirely taken up by an excellent letter signed by him in type: Jesse James. This is the first I have seen in print a letter signed by the outlaw. He takes great pains to exonerate himself for several crimes of which he was... See More
December 1, 1883
FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, Dec. 1, 1883 Full ftpg. shows: "The Evacuation Day Centennial---Grand Marine Procession Passing Up the East River" showing the Brooklyn Bridge. Prints inside include: "Texas--Types of the Cowboys of the Plains" "Louisiana--Sketches in & About New Orleans"; great doublpg. centerfold shows view of the grand parade cele... See More
August 30, 1894
NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, Aug. 30, 1894
* Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show advertisement
Page 9 has a nice, illustrated advertisement for "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" show with a small likeness of Buffalo Bill (see). Just above it is an ad for "Sousa's Band", being the famed John Philip Sousa.
Complete in 10 pages, lightly browned, some small margin tears, oth... See More
July 19, 1880
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, July 19, 1880
* Frank James
* Outlaws - train robbers
* Clay County, Missouri
The middle column of the ftpg. has: "Frank James" which concerns reports of his recent arrival in the vicinity, perhaps to visit his mother. Also: "Hanged by Her Insane Mother" "An Obstinate Truant" "A Monster Narrowly Escapes Lynching" and m... See More
September 15, 1883
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Sept. 15, 1883 The top of page 7 has column heads: "On The Scaffold" "Barbara Miller Hanged for the Murder of Her Husband" "History of the Crime--Scenes in the Jail Yard--The Woman's Confession" with the text taking over half a column. Rare article on the hanging of a woman.
Twelve pages, rejoined at the spine, great condition.... See More
April 30, 1873
ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, New York, April 30, 1873 The top of the ftpg. has nice column heads on the Modoc Indian War with: "ANOTHER BATTLE" "A Detachment of Troops Caught In a Trap" "Galling Cross Fire from the Modocs" "A Complete Rout" "19 Men Killed" "Gallant Conduct of Captain Thomas" "He Dies a Brave Soldier"... See More
April 6, 1882
DAILY MEMPHIS AVALANCHE, Tennessee, April 6, 1882
* Outlaw Jesse James killed
* Robert & Charles Ford
The front page has an uncommonly nice report concerning the death of the notorious Jesse James, taking about half a column with very nice heads: "THE DEAD BANDIT" "Removing the Remains of Jesse James to the Grave" "The Ford Boys Becoming Anxious as to Thei... See More
July 18, 1881
SPRINGFIELD DAILY REPUBLICAN, Massachusetts, July 18, 1881 An uncommonly nice account of this infamous train robbery by the James Gang with page 5 column heads: "The Express Train Robbery" "The Jesse James Gang" "Invade A Train, Murder the Conductor and a Passenger and Rob a Safe". This was the Rock Island Railroad robbery.
Although well known as being committe... See More
May 12, 1880
DAILY REPUBLICAN, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, May 12, 1880
* Rare Old West title
An uncommon title from the North Bay and wine-growing area of Northern California. This is a volume 1 issue with a wide range of local & national news items and a great wealth of ads.
Four pages, some small archival mends inside, lightly toned, somewhat fragile so it must be handled careful... See More
March 6, 1884
GUNNISON REVIEW-PRESS, Colorado, March 6, 1884
* Rare Old West title
An uncommon title from this boom mining town in the southwestern quadrant of Colorado tucked in a valley amidst the Rocky Mountains. Gunnison boomed in the late 1870's and early 1880's and was once the home of Wyatt Earp and "Texas Jack". Today there are some 5500 residents of Gunnison.
Various news... See More
January 19, 1881
THE DESERET NEWS, Salt Lake City, Utah (Territory), Jan. 19, 1881
* Mormons - Mormonism
A notable newspaper from this Mormon community with a wide range of content both local & national. Complete in 8 pages, but it was never bound nor trimmed so it folds out to one large sheet. Great condition.
October 10, 1877
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Oct. 10, 1877
* Nez Perce War ends
* Native Americans - Indians
* Chief Joseph surrenders
* General Nelson A. Miles
Page 4 has a nice report from the Nez Perce Indian War with: "MILES IN LUCK" "Joseph and the Hostile Nez Perces Surrender" "A Severe Engagement Followed by a Grand Result". Also: "The Concluding Portion of Mi... See More
April 19, 1873
ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, New York, April 19, 1873
* Modoc Indian War
* Lava Beds - Scarface Charley
* Second Battle of the Stronghold
The top of the ftpg. has nice column heads on the Modoc Indian War with: "THE BATTLE" "Route of the Modocs" "Driven From the Lava Beds" "Shells & Musketry Too Much for the Indian Stronghold" "... See More
June 11, 1890
MEMPHIS APPEAL, Tennessee, June 11, 1890 Near the bottom of the ftpg. is: "After The Mormons" "Senator Edmunds Introduces a Bill Disposing of the Church Property" and next to it an article: "Through The Switch" "Robbers Throw a Train From the Track, Go Through the Express Safe and Escape", ending with: "...A posse of men...went in pursuit of the b... See More
October 16, 1876
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Oct. 14, 1876 The top of the ftpg. has column heads: "Satan's Satellites" "Cole Younger a Contribution to the Criminal Column". Included is a letter signed in type: Cole Younger. Rubbing in the heads causes a hole and the loss of some letters (see).
Twelve pages, good condition.
March 3, 1871
SAN JOSE DAILY PATRIOT, California, 1871
* Rare Old West title
* Santa Clara Valley
In 1850 San Jose became just the 2nd incorporated city in California (Sacramento was first) & was on the Butterfield mail route. The ftpg. is mostly ads with news items & more ads inside, many of which are illustrated.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, minor margin tears, good condition.... See More
May 14, 1873
DAILY MORNING CALL, San Francisco, California, May 14, 1873
* Modoc War - Lava Beds
* Captain Jack fame
The top of the ftpg. has: "Ben Wright's Massacre" "A Narrative of the Affair by One Who Was Present", it being an event from 1852 in the on-going Modoc War. It takes an entire column. The top of pg. 3 includes: "THE MODOC WAR" "Further De... See More
October 19, 1905
THE TUCUMCARI TIMES, New Mexico, October 19, 1905
* Rare title
* Many scenes from the television series Rawhide were filmed in Tucumcari
An uncommon and early newspaper from 7 years before New Mexico would become a state. Complete in 8 pages, a little margin wear with a few small tape mends, should be handled with care.
Background (Wiki): In 1901, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Rai... See More
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