— RUFE CANNON ALWAYS GOT HIS MAN — Deputy U.S. Marshals Rufe Cannon and J.P. Hunter escorted the Creek Indian fugitive into Fort Smith, Oklahoma Territory, in late 1892, for gunning down a federal lawman.
Captain John Willie spent a year on the run after killing U.S. Marshal George Thornton in a nighttime ambush near the Sac and Fox Indian Agency.
A jury convicted Willie of manslaughter in Thornton’s death.
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— FRIENDS NO MORE — On a cold and windy spring evening, April 5, 1879, buffalo hunter Levi Richardson walked into the Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, Kansas, ordered a drink, and sat down near a pot-bellied stove with a clear view of the front entrance.
Richardson watched and waited for the arrival of professional gambler Frank Loving determined to confront his former friend—professional gambler Frank Loving.
The two […]
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— PONY EXPRESS DEBUTS: APRIL 3, 1860 — The lone rider raced past the wagon train with a wave of the hand but never looked back. The “young, skinny, wiry” rider had one goal: to reach the next relay station and deliver the mail he carried to the next rider. The Pony Express hired 75, mostly teenagers, who weighed less than 125 pounds and had enough gun skills to fight off Indian to deliver […]
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Harry Stephen Keeler stretched the boundaries of creativity in his writing. Many considered him as sort of a wacky genius of American literature.
Born in Chicago in 1890, he stayed there most of his life.
When Keeler turned 20, his mother dispatched him to an insane asylum. But no one knows why. But the experience influenced the fiction he wrote.
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