“DUEL TO THE DEATH”

DUEL TO THE DEATH

— THE SHOWDOWN —  In the late afternoon of July 21, 1865, a man stepped into the public square in Springfield, Missouri, wearing a flat, broad-brimmed hat. A generous amount of auburn-colored bounced around his broad shoulders as he walked with a graceful confidence, every muscle in lockstep with the other.

“So, this is what a professional gambler looks like,” someone whispered. “Looks a bit of a dandy in my […]

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“MURDER ON THE SWEETWATER”

CATTLE BARON

— AN UNJUST LYNCHING — On the morning of July 20, 1889, a man with a gray hair and a silver Van Dyke beard watched from horseback as five fellow cattlemen surrounded a woman at gunpoint and threatened to kill her unless she got in the buggy they brought with them.

Minutes later, the angry army of ranchers spotted homesteader Jim Averell in a wagon, waylaid him at gunpoint, and forced him into […]

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“ONE-MAN-STAND”

ONE MAN STAND

— DEADLY SHOWDOWN — Three men moved with caution navigating a lonely, uneven trail in Rocky Canyon, high in the cold Sierra Nevada Mountains. Unknown to them, a gang of gunmen waited in hiding. 

Captain Jonathan R. Davis, a veteran of the Mexican-American War, served as leader of the group. Davis had been battle-tested several times before a bullet wound put him out of action. 

After he left […]

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STORYTELLERS-7: ANDREW MC BRIDE AND “THE PEACEMAKER”

THE PEACEMAKER

….He’d lost track of time somewhat, but guessed it was about the first of August, this year of 1871, which put him some five weeks past his eighteenth birthday. 

His name was Calvin Taylor, although everyone called him Choctaw. 

You might think his nick-name reflected Indian blood. He was dark haired and dark-complexioned, his skin further darkened by months under this sun. But his hair was tousled, not the straight […]

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