“THE TAKING OF THE SUNSET EXPRESS”

Sunset Express

— TRAIN ROBBERS VANISH —  Engineer Colonel Bill Harper squinted into the darkness when the Southern Pacific westbound Sunset Express emerged from a long, narrow railroad cut. In the distance, he spotted what looked like a red lantern and applied the air brakes. 

Sparks exploded from the big iron wheels as the locomotive skidded along the rails and slowed to a stop about an engine-length from the wooden barricade […]

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“TOO MANY DEAD MEN”

 — MAN ON THE RUN — Despite a slight chill in the air, Town Marshal Milton Yarberry strolled along an Albuquerque, New Mexico, street hand-in-hand with the five-year-old daughter of his live-in companion. Moments later, this quiet Monday night in the spring of 1881 would crackle with angry words and deadly gunfire. 

Sadie Preston, the girl’s mother, waited inside Gerard’s restaurant but had been sharing a table with gunman Harry […]

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“THE AMBUSH”

Marshal, Telluride, CO

— LAW AND DISORDER —  At around midnight, August 6, 1895, a gunshot exploded from the darkness and echoed through the main street of Telluride, Colorado. City Marshal Jim Clark buckled to his knees with a bullet to his chest and died within an hour.  

Authorities never identified the killer who ambushed the 54-year old lawman.

Speculation varied on the reason for the execution. […]

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“THE WAGON BOX FIGHT”

AUG 2, 1867

— RETRIBUTION — On the morning of August 2, 1867, a soldier in the observation post at a woodcutter’s camp felt the ground tremble and heard the thunder of hoofbeats. Fearing the worst, he lifted his field glasses and, in the distance, spotted a massive force of Lakota Sioux charging out of the sunlight.  

“Indians! he yelled.

James W. Powell heard the warning, slipped into his boots […]

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