by Michael and Suzanne Wallis
Published by Abrams, May 2011
The Wild West 365 is a day-by-day adventure that tells the stories of pioneers’ and cow boys, gold rushes and saloon shoot-outs in American’s Frontier in the latter part of the 19th century. The lure of land rich in minerals, fertile for farming and plentiful with buffalo and wildlife created an all-out obsession amongst the American society to go West.
The Wild West 365 takes readers back to these booming frontier towns, introduces them to a cast of characters including opportunists like Buffalo Bill to scallywags such as Jesse James. Here we find the sure-shot Annie Oakley, ride along with the Pony Express, witness the search for Gold in California, see the face down-bodies in the dusty OK Corral and witness the driving of the Golden railroad spike that connected the American coasts.
Michael Wallis spins a colorful narrative distinguishing fact from myth and brings this electrifying period to life in a series of long vignettes that accompany each photograph. The images are drawn from Robert G. McCubbins’ extensive collection of Western memorabilia which includes photographs, ephemera, rare books, artifacts and even Billy the Kid’s knife!
Michael Wallis is the author of many books on the West including Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride, Way down Yonder in the Indian Nation and David Crockett: The Lion of the West. He has written a total of 17 books that have won numerous honors and awards. He lives with his wife Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis is the co-author of Songdog Diary: 66 Stories from the Road, and The Art of Cars and co-editor of Greetings from the Mother Road: Route 66 Postcards.
Robert G. McCubbin is one of the founders of the Wild West History Association located in Cody Wyoming and the country’s premier collector of American West photographs and books. A former vice-President of El Paso Natural Gas he writes frequently for True West magazine. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.