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Dedicated to the history and lore of the American West
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  • ! The New WWHA Journal !


    New Cover!
    New Content!
    New Editor!

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  • Koch to Speak at Roundup

    WWHA member William I. Koch will share his thoughts with us on "Why Wild West History Matters" at our "Boots and Spurs" Banquet.  Bill's passion for the wild west dates to his childhood when he worked as a cowboy on his family's ranch in Montana.  He became an avid and serious student of the "real" Old West and its pioneers and their contribution to the growth of this nation.  In the process of this pursuit he has become an important collector and preservationist of  the old west life and times and its memorabilia.

  • CO Site Features Roundup

    The Colorado Gambler web site has devoted a full page to the WWHA Roundup and its stories of Colorado History.  The page is entitled "Colorado History – Colorado’s Colorful History Comes to Life."

  • Rocky Mt. Book & Paper Fair

    The largest event of its kind, featuring rare books and papers for serious collectors and aficionados alike!  Two days only at the Denver Mart.  Read about it on our News & Media page.

  • 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

  • 20K Pages 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.

  • Hocking Earns AHS Board Seat

    Doug Hocking has been elected to a 3-year term as a board member for the Southern Chapter of the Arizona Historical Society representing Cochise County. The Arizona Historical Society has museums in Tucson, Flagstaff, Yuma and Tempe.  Congratulations, Doug!

  • 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.


Updated July 2014
NOTE:  This schedule is subject to change.  Return here often for updates.


Tuesday – July 22

Optional tour of outlaw/lawman sites near South Park (Park Co.).

Tour Information and Registration Form are Available Here!

Information also provided with April WWHA Journal.


Wednesday – July 23

Optional tours of Golden, Colorado and area attractions.
Complete information will be provided with April WWHA Journal.

8:00 – 3:00 Meeting of the Board of Directors

1:00 – 4:00; 5:00 – 6:30 Registration open (Get name badge for museum admission)

4:00 – 8:30 Afternoon/Evening at Buffalo Bill Museum & Gravesite

This will include tours, a BBQ cookout, and entertainment by Mark Gardner & Rex Rideout


Denver Roundup
July 22-26thDenver Marriott West
1717 Denver West Blvd.
Golden, Colorado 80401-3144A Very Special Opening Reception at the
Buffalo Bill Museum and GraveSPEAKERS, PANELS, AWARDS, ENTERTAINMENT & MORE!All-day Bus Tour to
Leadville, ColoradoThursday – July 24

6:00 a.m. Vendor Set-up

8:00 a.m. Registration opens

8:30 a.m. Opening exercises, announcements, etc.

9:00 a.m. Bill O’Neal – “John Wesley Iliff, the ‘Cattle King of the Plains’”

9:30 a.m. Steve Friesen – “Buffalo Bill, Murderer:  Identity Theft in the Wild West”

10:00 a.m. Break to visit vendors, etc.

10:30 a.m. Roy B. Young – “The Denver Chinese Riot: Dave Cook and Michael Spangler”

11:00 a.m. Christie Wright – “South Park Perils: Ten Murders in Twelve Months"

11:30 a.m. Annual Awards Luncheon – “The ‘Best’ of 2013”

1:30 p.m. Valentine S. Hoy – “Wanted for Murder in Brown’s Hole”

2:00 p.m. Jeff Broome – “Wild Bill Hickok’s 1870 Hays City Brawl:  Fact or Fiction?”

2:30 p.m. Herbert Thompson – “The Golden Age of Television Westerns”

3:00 p.m. Break to visit vendors, etc.

3:30 p.m. Rick Barth – “Letters to Sheriff Doc Shores”

4:00 p.m. Gary Roberts – “Sand Creek”

4:30 p.m. Dismissed for supper (on your own)

7:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  1. Colorado Bank Robberies: Bob Pulcipher, Jim Miller, Bill Betenson

  2. Collectors’ Roundtable: Bob McCubbin, John Boessenecker and Kurt House

  3. Sand Creek 150th Anniversary:  Jeff Broome, Gary Roberts, Thomas   Noel and others


Friday – July 25

7:30 a.m. Assemble for bus tour to Leadville

8:00 a.m. Depart for Leadville

10:00 a.m. Arrive Leadville

10:30 – 4:00 “The Leadville Experience” David Wright & Neil Reynolds

4:00 p.m. Depart for hotel

6:00 p.m. Arrive hotel

8:00 p.m. “An Evening With….”  This is our annual evening to honor a prominent member of the WWHA family.  The name will be revealed at the beginning of the session.


Saturday – July 26

8:00 a.m. Registration opens

8:00 a.m. Annual business meeting

8:20 a.m. “The Last Roundup” Our time to memorialize members who have passed since the Boise, Idaho meeting.

8:30 a.m. Jim Pettingill – “After Dry Creek: The Marlow Brothers in Colorado”

9:00 a.m. James A. Bailey – “Exhumation Efforts of James-Younger Gang Member”

9:30 a.m. Anne Collier – “Immigrant, Lawman, Diplomat, Entrepreneur: The Charles Adams Story”

10:00 a.m. Break to visit vendors, etc.

10:30 a.m. Charles Price – “Discovering the Bloody Espinosas”

11:00 a.m. Cathy Spude – “Soapy Smith and His Legend”

11:30 a.m. Announcements; Registration closes

12:30 p.m. Vendors close – last opportunity to make purchases

5:00 p.m. Annual Reception with cash bar; Silent auction opens

6:30 p.m. “Boots and Spurs” Banquet – A ‘dress-up’ affair.

7:15 p.m. Presentation by William I. (Bill) Koch on "Why Wild West History Matters"

8:00 p.m. President’s awards, live auction, and other activities

8:30 p.m. Preview of Amarillo, Announcement of 2016 site, Closing activities


Sunday – July 27

Possible optional tour; announcement will be made in April Journal

Silent Auction
The annual silent auction to be held during the “Boots and Spurs” banquet is your opportunity to assist WWHA in fulfilling its various programs and goals.
Would you consider bringing an item or two for the auction? Live Auction
The “live” auction is where things get really fun and exciting.
An item donated with a value of $100 or more will be placed into the live auction.
If you are able to provide an item for the live auction, it will help make for a fun event. May be sent in advance
Ruth McWhirter
% Charles Coltharp
1712 So. Nome Way
Aurora, CO.
Or, they may be brought to the Roundup and turned in at the registration desk.
“Thank You.”


The 2014

WWHA Denver Roundup

July 22-26th


Denver Marriott West

1717 Denver West Blvd.

Golden, Colorado 80401-3144


Reservations: (800) 228-9290

Ask for:

Wild West History Association Annual Convention


A Special Opening Reception at the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

Pre-Roundup Tours – plus All-day Bus Tour to Leadville, Colorado

Speakers, Panels, Awards Luncheon, Vendors, Entertainment

All New “Boots & Spurs” Banquet


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!

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