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Wild West History Association Dedicated to the history and lore of the American West
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.

Journal Articles for All!

The Wild West History Association Journal Page

We are proud to announce the addition of select WWHA Journal articles to our web site.  New members can read works that appeared prior to joining, whereas non-members will find ample incentive to become part of the WWHA.  Jump over to our Journal & Resource section now.


The March WWHA Journal

Quarterly editions of the Journal are included with membership.


Join our organization and enjoy the many benefits of Wild West research.

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  • The August WWHA Journal

    We were between editors for the Journal and did not have time to get the August issue to the printer.  Instead, we decided to put it on-line for everyone to download.  Get your copy of the Journal here!

  • 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 send us your writings!

  • Adobe Walls Field Trip DVD

    No one had a camera when buffalo hunter Billy Dixon made his famous long shot during the Adobe Walls fight in 1874, nor was there time to use one.  But we were ready for the WWHA Roundup re-enactment of that near-impossible event!  A video DVD of the Adobe Walls field trip and the incredible 7/8-mile shot taken on July 17, 2015, can be yours while supplies last for $25 by check to:

    Ron Woggon

    WWHA Treasurer

    3596 E Foxtrotter Rd

    Tucson AZ 85739

  • Curl Up With the West

    When you're longing to learn, nothing beats our new Books & Reviews page.  Discover the best in biographies, events, places and everything else the West has to offer, many written by and each reviewed by fellow WWHA members!

  • 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 Back Issues page for details.

  • Sad Passings...

    The WWHA Family is sad to report the passing of two contributors to Wild West history.


    J. P. Garrett lost his battle with cancer on December 30, 2015.  J. P. should be remembered not only as the grandson of Pat Garrett but as a man who loved the history of the West.  Many of you met him at our Roundup in Ruidoso, New Mexico.  J. P. was very likable and easy to get to know.  Our condolences go to his wife Star and the rest of his family.


    Carol Mitchell passed away recently in Arizona.  Carol was a researcher and writer who focused on Sadie Earp.  Roger Jay, who wrote an article for the WWHA Journal, referenced Carol in his article about Sadie.   Many know Carol from her attendance at WOLA and NOLA.  She was a beautiful lady, inside and out.


    Both of these fine people, who dedicated much of their time to western history, will be missed.


    Happy Trails, J.P. and Carol

k 2016 Oklahoma CITY Roundup PAGE

All the news that's fit to print!  The WWHA 2016 Roundup will be  here sooner that you think.  Get acquainted with what you need to know before you go.  Visit our dedicated 2016 Oklahoma City Roundup Page -- NOW WITH REGISTRATION FORMS!


I. WWHA Six-Shooter Award for Lifetime Contributions to Wild West History


  • This award is given to an individual who, over an extended period of time (suggested 25+ years), has contributed significantly to the field of research and documentation of Wild West history.
  • The nomination must be made by a WWHA member.
  • The nomination should be in typed format with a thorough discussion of why the nominee should be recognized, including citing of research, published books or articles, memberships in Western History organizations, and any other specific acts to confirm nominee’s extensive activities.
  • The nomination must be signed by the nominator.


Don't Delay!  Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2016


Send to:

Pam Potter: or,

59512 Hop Patch Spring Rd.

Mountain Center, CA 92561




II. WWHA Six-Shooter Award for Best Book on Wild West History - $500 CASH PRIZE!


  • Submission may be made by a WWHA Member, the author, or the publisher.
  • The book must have been published in 2015.
  • Subject matter should be for the core period from 1850-1925, but can begin earlier or carry over after this time period.
  • Nominated books will be judged on the basis of content, accuracy, readability, and overall presentation of material (including but not limited to historical photographs, documents, newspaper accounts of the time, military records, court records, diagrams, charts, etc.) and quality of editing (typos, image, cover design, layout, table of contents, index, end notes and bibliography).
  • Three copies of each book should be submitted for review by the panel.


Don't Delay!  Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2016


Send to:

Books – Mike Cox

P.O. Box 10353

Austin, TX 78766






III. WWHA Six-Shooter Award for Best Article on Wild West History - $250 CASH PRIZE! (Two Awards)


(A)  Scholarly and/or Historical Articles


  • The Award will recognize an author whose article was published in a recognized Old West/Western History magazine or newspaper (other than the WWHA Journal) during 2015.
  • The nomination must be made by a WWHA member, the author, or the publisher.
  • The entry for this award will be judged on subject matter, content, accuracy, readability, and overall presentation of material (i.e., photos, newly discovered records or other data, newspaper accounts, military records, court or state records, etc., and list of sources and bibliography).
  • Three copies of each article plus the cover page (photocopy acceptable) of the periodical showing date of publication should be submitted.


(B)  General Article


  • Articles published in commercial Western History magazines, not requiring listing of sources and bibliography, but would be appreciated.


Don't delay!  Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2016


Send to:

Dennis Garstang

6005 NW 103 St

Kansas City, MO 64154



2015 Award Winners


WWHA Six Shooter Award for Best Book on Wild West History - Larry Ball titled Tom Horn in Life and Legend


WWHA Awards for Outstanding Contributions - Drew Gomber and Paul Hutton


Best Article on Western History - Jeff Broome "Collateral Damage: Sand Creek And The Fletcher Family Indian Captivity Story" - Published in the Denver Westerners Roundup, Sept-Oct 2014


Best General Article - Ann Kirschner  "Wyatt Earp's Alaskan Adventure" - Published in True West Magazine,  April 2014


Best WWHA Journal Article - Paul Cool - "With Murder Rates Higher Than Modern New York or Los Angeles - Homicide Rates Involving The Arizona Cow-Boys, 1880-1882" Volume 7, Number 4, August 2014


President's Silver Star Award - Ron Woggon




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