“LADY IN DISGUISE”

FIRST FEMALE DETECTIVE

— FIRST FEMALE DETECTIVE — A lady from the Northeast played the role of a Southern belle to perfection. Her thick Southern accent served as her calling card in successfully infiltrating secessionist social gatherings in Baltimore, Maryland, during an investigation of an alleged plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.

Kate Warne worked undercover for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Known as the first female detective, Warne was one of five agents sent to […]

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“NOTHING TO LOSE”

DEADLY DENTIST

— MID-SUMMER GUN DOWN — Doc Holliday took a sip of liquor and studied his cards during a game in a saloon he and a partner opened in Las Vegas, New Mexico. It was a hot night in mid-July 1879 and he was in no mood for distractions.

Minutes later, a heated argument arose between former Army scout Mike Gordon and one of Holliday’s dance hall girls.

“NOTHING TO LOSE”

“THE CHARADE”

ELSA JANE FOREST

— AN “UNWOMANLY” CHARACTER — The proprietor of the Mountain Boys Saloon in Denver City went by the name of Mountain Charley. The tavern owner carried a gun and a long knife and wore men’s clothes. But he was a she.

Elsa Jane Forest lived as a man for thirteen years. She donned the disguise after the man she married was killed. She found it easier to find work like […]

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“LARGER THAN LIFE”

OREGON LEGEND

— 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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