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Wild West History Association
Dedicated to the history and lore of the American West
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  • The New WWHA Journal


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    New Cover!
    New Content!
    New Editor!

  • Author!  Author!

    We want to make you the next published author in the WWHA JOURNAL.  No pedigree?  No problem!  What counts is your story and how well you write it.  See our Membership page for requirements on how to Submit Your Articles and

  • Historian Makes History

    The WWHA wishes to congratulate Bill O'Neal on becoming the first Texas state historian to be reappointed to another two-year term by Governor Rick Perry. The official notice came September 5, 2014, proving  that  history repeats itself, indeed -- or, at least, this historian does!

  • 2015 Roundup Dates

    Mark your calendars!  The 2015 WWHA Roundup has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, through Saturday, July 18, in Amarillo, Texas.  Additional details will be posted as they arrive.  Come back often!

  • Jerry Lobdill Book Signing

    Jerry Lobdill, author of the applauded Last Train to El Paso, the Mysterious Unsolved Murder of a Cattle Baron, looks forward to meeting you at his book signing and presentation on September 13 at the Silver City Museum in Silver City, New Mexico.  See the promotional flyer in the Member News section of our Membership page.

  • See You in Tombstone

    The annual Tombstone Territory Rendezvous (TTR) takes place in the town October 29-November 2.  TTR is a gathering of historians, authors, researchers, devotees and other friends who share their interest of the town's colorful and meaningful past.  This year's event includes WWHA speakers Tom Moy, Ron Woggon, Garner Palenske, Jean Smith, Bob Palmquist and Paul Johnson and features a return to John Ringo's gravesite.  TTR is open to all; see the schedule and registration form here.

  • 20K Ppg of OK History Found

    The Oklahoma Historical Society has received 20,000 pages of recently discovered Oklahoma newspapers from the Kansas Historical Society, where the papers were found.  WWHA member Mike Tower reports on this significant addition to Wild West history here.

  • USMM Groundbreaking

    The U.S. Marshals Museum will be having their groundbreaking ceremony September 24, 2014.  WWHA members are encouraged to attend.  Visit the USMM website for news and information.

  • WWHA Journal Back Issues

    Misplace a copy of your Journal?  Want extra copies for friends?  Need a Journal from before you joined the WWHA?  We have several back issues available!  See our Membership page for details.

  • New Book Review (07 Jun)

    Julie Peavey Alexander's account of the 1909 Ada, OK, lynchings,  Citizens and Assassins: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and Vigilante Justice, is reviewed by Chuck Parsons.

  • New Book Review (30 Mar)

    Daniel Buck looks at Pinkerton’s Great Detective: The Amazing Life and Times of James McParland by Beau Riffenburgh.  You can look at it here.

  • WWHA Facebook Page

    Be sure to check out WWHA's Facebook page. There is a lot of activity between members posting old photos, gun talk, books and news about WWHA.

  • In Memoriam...

    It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend Jeff Burton, who died on July 7, 2014.  Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife Shirley, daughter Lindsey, and grandson Leo.  An obituary by Nancy Coggeshall is featured on our News & Media page.


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Welcome to the WWHA

The WWHA welcomes you

"But the West of the old times, with its strong characters, its stern battles and its tremendous stretches of loneliness, can never be blotted from my mind."

i Our Focus & Goals

The Wild West History Association is dedicated to providing publications and forums for the enlightenment and enjoyment of its members, facilitating and encouraging research, study, writing, presentation, and preservation of the history and lore of the people, events, and places that made the American West "wild" in the last half of the nineteenth century.... the lawmen, outlaws, gunfighters, rustlers, vigilantes, feuds, shady ladies, saloons, cowtowns, and mining camps.... along with recognizing and honoring those individuals and institutions that make significant contributions to the knowledge and preservation of Wild West history and lore.

E New To the Site

The Wild West History Association YouTube Channel!


Our first video features an official WWHA welcome and Roundup overview from Marshall Trimble.  It appears on our newly-renamed News & Media page.  Click to enjoy!


The Wild West History Association together with the Ben Thompson Preservation Foundation are pleased to announce the BEN THOMPSON PRESERVATION FOUNDATION AWARD.  A $100 prize will be awarded at the 2015 WWHA Roundup to the author whose biographical article we deem outstanding in meeting the following criteria:


1. The subject of the article must be a gambler, gunfighter or

lawman from Ben’s lifetime, 1843-1884.

2. A connection to Ben Thompson will receive top preference.

3. The author must be a member in good standing of the

WildWest History Association.

4. The submitted material must be unpublished and contain

new information.

5. The WWHA will choose the recipient of the award with

approval from the Ben Thompson Preservation Foundation.

More information will follow. Return to this page often for further details. In the meantime, get those pencils sharpened!

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