Famous Gunfighters of the Western Frontier

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Famous Gunfighters of the Western Frontier

Famous Gunfighters of the Western Frontier

Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Luke Short and Others

  • Author: W. B. (Bat) Masterson
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation
  • ISBN: 0486131319
  • Category: History
  • Page: 112
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Bat Masterson's illustrated biographies of legendary gunslingers Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Luke Short, Bill Tilghman, Ben Thompson, and others paint a vivid portrait of the Old West, a world of sharpshooters, cattle rustlers, and Dodge City justice.

Famous Gunfighters of the Western Frontier

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Famous Gunfighters of the Western Frontier

Famous Gunfighters of the Western Frontier

  • Author: Bat Masterson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Crime
  • Page: 112
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The 75th anniversary edition of Famous gun fighters of the western frontier

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The 75th anniversary edition of Famous gun fighters of the western frontier

The 75th anniversary edition of Famous gun fighters of the western frontier

  • Author: Bat Masterson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 183
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Little Known Famous Gunfighters

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Little Known Famous Gunfighters

Little Known Famous Gunfighters

On the Western Frontier

  • Author: Joe Fasthorse Harrill
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781593441517
  • Category:
  • Page: 160
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This is a collection of brief, historical depictions of little known players on the stage of the Old West, the high plains and the dusty roads east of the Mississippi. There are stories of ranchers, soldiers, saloon owners, former slaves, desperados and the lawmen who brought them to justice, a movie script writer and a horse breeder . Among these are Bud Ballew, Jim Masterson, Creed Taylor, the "Hanging Judge" Isaac Parker, Frances Kavanaugh and Henrietta King. Throw down a bedroll next to the fire, rest your head on your saddle and enjoy a good read.

Murder in Tombstone

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Murder in Tombstone

Murder in Tombstone

The Forgotten Trial of Wyatt Earp

  • Author: Steven Lubet
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 9780300104264
  • Category: History
  • Page: 253
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The gunfight at the OK Corral occupies a unique place in American history. Although the event itself lasted less than a minute, it became the basis for countless stories about the Wild West. At the time of the gunfight, however, Wyatt Earp was not universally acclaimed as a hero. Among the people who knew him best in Tombstone, Arizona, many considered him a renegade and murderer. This book tells the nearly unknown story of the prosecution of Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and Doc Holiday following the famous gunfight. To the prosecutors, the Earps and Holiday were wanton killers. According to the defense, the Earps were steadfast heroes—willing to risk their lives on the mean streets of Tombstone for the sake of order. The case against the Earps, with its dueling narratives of brutality and justification, played out themes of betrayal, revenge, and even adultery. Attorney Thomas Fitch, one of the era’s finest advocates, ultimately managed—against considerable odds—to save Earp from the gallows. But the case could easily have ended in a conviction, and Wyatt Earp would have been hanged or imprisoned, not celebrated as an American icon.

Hell's Half Acre

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Hell's Half Acre

Hell's Half Acre

The Life and Legend of a Red-Light District

  • Author: Richard F. Selcer
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • ISBN: 0875655114
  • Category: History
  • Page: 364
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Texas is a place where legends are made, die, and are revived. Fort Worth, Texas, claims its own legend - Hell's Half Acre - a wild 'n' woolly accumulation of bordellos, cribs, dance houses, and gambling parlors. Tenderloin districts were a fact of life in every major town in the American West, but Hell's Half Acre - its myth and its reality - can be said to be a microcosm of them all. The most famous and infamous westerners visited the Acre: Timothy ("Longhair Jim") Courtright, Luke Short, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Sam Bass, Mary Porter, Etta Place, along with Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch, and many more. For civic leaders and reformers, the Acre presented a dilemma - the very establishments they sought to close down or regulate were major contributors to the local economy. Controversial in its heyday and receiving new attention by such movies as Lonesome Dove, Hell's Half Acre remains the subject of debate among historians and researchers today. Richard Selcer successfully separates fact from fiction, myth from reality, in this vibrant study of the men and women of Cowtown's notorious Acre.

Doc Holliday in Film and Literature

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Doc Holliday in Film and Literature

Doc Holliday in Film and Literature

  • Author: Shirley Ayn Linder
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 0786473355
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 200
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The legend of Doc Holliday is now in its third century. While his time on earth was brief, troubled and filled with pain, his legend took wings and flew. Beginning with his part in the now famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Denver newspapers first told his story in the late 19th century. They, followed by words of Wyatt Earp, grasped the glimmer of his tale. So enamored was the public that by 1939 he was a literary icon and his character had appeared in eight films. Historians, authors, screenwriters and eventually television refined the legend, which reached its apex perhaps with the 1993 film Tombstone. Doc Holliday's image has neither dimmed nor wavered in the 21st century. Broadway, country music and art join with literature and film to continue his mystique as the personification of a surviving legend of the U.S. West.

When Law Was in the Holster

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When Law Was in the Holster

When Law Was in the Holster

The Frontier Life of Bob Paul

  • Author: John Boessenecker
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • ISBN: 0806187727
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 504
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One of the great lawmen of the Old West, Bob Paul (1830–1901) cast a giant shadow across the frontiers of California and Arizona Territory for nearly fifty years. Today he is remembered mainly for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and his involvement in the stirring events surrounding the famous 1881 gunfight near the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. This long-overdue biography fills crucial gaps in Paul’s story and recounts a life of almost constant adventure. As told by veteran western historian John Boessenecker, this story is more than just a western shoot-’em-up, and it reveals Paul to be far more than a blood-and-thunder gunfighter. Beginning with Paul’s boyhood adventures as a whaler in the South Pacific, the author traces his journey to Gold Rush California, where he served respectively as constable, deputy sheriff, and sheriff in Calaveras County, and as Wells Fargo shotgun messenger and detective. Then, in the turbulent 1880s, Paul became sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, and a railroad detective for the Southern Pacific. In 1890 President Benjamin Harrison appointed him U.S. marshal of Arizona Territory. Transcending local history, Paul’s story provides an inside look into the rough-and-tumble world of frontier politics, electoral corruption, Mexican-U.S. relations, border security, vigilantism, and western justice. Moreover, issues that were important in Paul’s career—illegal immigration, smuggling on the Mexican border, youth gangs, racial discrimination, ethnic violence, and police-minority relations—are as relevant today as they were during his lifetime.

Deadly Dozen

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Deadly Dozen

Deadly Dozen

Forgotten Gunfighters of the Old West, Vol. 2

  • Author: Robert K. DeArment
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • ISBN: 0806184744
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 416
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Think gunfighter, and Wyatt Earp or Billy the Kid may come to mind, but what of Jim Moon? Joel Fowler? Zack Light? A host of other figures helped forge the gunfighter persona, but their stories have been lost to time. In a sequel to his Deadly Dozen, celebrated western historian Robert K. DeArment now offers more biographical portraits of lesser-known gunfighters—men who perhaps weren’t glorified in legend or song, but who were rightfully notorious in their day. DeArment has tracked down stories of gunmen from throughout the West—characters you won’t find in any of today’s western history encyclopedias but whose careers are colorfully described here. Photos of the men and telling quotations from primary sources make these characters come alive. In giving these men their due, DeArment takes readers back to the gunfighter culture spawned in part by the upheavals of the Civil War, to a time when deadly duels were part of the social fabric of frontier towns and the Code of the West was real. His vignettes offer telling insights into conditions on the frontier that created the gunfighters of legend. These overlooked shooters never won national headlines but made their own contributions to the blood and thunder of the Old West: people less than legends, but all the more fascinating because they were real. Readers who enjoyed DeArment’s Deadly Dozen will find this book equally captivating—as gripping as a showdown, twelve times over.