— CIGAR-SMOKING LADY GAMBLER — The young woman, a professional gambler, sat the poker table dressed in an elegant low-cut gown. A cloud of smoke from a large black stogie gripped between her lips drifted across the front of her face.
Alice Ivers Tubbs, better known as Poker Alice, studied the cards in her hand trying to decide whether to raise the bet.
Born in 1851, her family […]
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— A VIVID IMAGINATION — The booze flowed generously among the men gathered around a table in the darkened saloon. They laughed and rolled their eyes listening to the tall tales spun by James McIntire—an outlaw, and former lawman.
On this particular night, McIntire told about the time he served as deputy sheriff of Mobeetie, Texas.
McIntire claimed he ran two deadly gunmen out […]
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— A DISASTEROUS DEBUT — The engineer of Southern Pacific train #17 traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles spotted a red lantern in the distance. As the locomotive neared a small station at Alila, California, George Radcliff applied the hand brake, slowing the big unit.
In the darkness of February 6, 1891, three masked men leaped aboard the passenger train. Guns drawn, Bob and Gratton Dalton rushed Radcliff and forced him to halt […]
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