— HORSE RUSTLER AND LEGEND — Hank Vaughn had a fast temper and a faster gun. While working at a family ranch in Canyon City, Oregon, in 1864, the teenager shot and wounded a miner in a dispute over partial payment on a horse.
The miner claimed the horse was stolen. Vaughn took offense and shot him in front of a witness. Vaugh was 15.
While out […]
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— CATTLE BARON OF ABILENE — An oversupply of Longhorn cattle drove prices to rock bottom in the 1860s. But businessman Joseph McCoy figured a way to help Texas ranchers send their herds East to satisfy a big demand for beef.
Following the Civil War, cattle prices on the frontier dropped to between three- and four dollars a head. Chicago buyers, on the other hand, were paying $30 to $40 […]
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— BLOOD-THIRSTY MAD DOG — The young prisoner emerged from the courthouse at Fort Smith, Arkansas, under heavy guard for his walk to the gallows. He stopped for a second, looked up at the sky, and squinted into the sunlight. “It is a good day to die…” he whispered.
Crawford Goldsby, born at Fort Concho, Texas, February 8, 1876, began his criminal career early in life—age 13. In addition to […]
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— ONE-EYED, PISTOL PACKIN’ STAGECOACH WHIP — The lone masked gunman emerged from hiding, fired into the air, and forced the stagecoach to a stop. He leveled his six-gun at the driver. “Throw down the strongbox,” he ordered.
Caught off-guard by the assault, the driver hesitated for a few seconds before lifting the heavy treasure box out of the front boot and letting it fall to the ground.
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