“THE FIRST HIGHWAYMAN”

HIGHWAYMAN TOM BELL

— LYNCHING OUTLAW DOC” — On a fall afternoon in 1856, members of a sheriff’s posse and a group of citizen vigilantes lynched a man considered the first outlaw to rob a stagecoach in the United States.

Tom Bell—born Thomas J. Hodges around 1832 in Rome, Tennessee—gave up without a fight while sitting on horseback along the quiet banks of the meandering Merced River near Firebaugh’s Ferry in Central […]

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“RENDEZVOUS WITH DESTINY”

CUSTER'S LAST STAND

— THE LAST DISPATCH —   The ground under Mark Kellogg trembled like an earthquake. In the distance, he watched waves of Indian warriors swarm over the horizon at full gallop, their horses thundering across the Great Plains.

The 45-year old newspaper reporter struggled to stay in the saddle, stunned by the surprise attack, reeling in confusion amid the crack of gunfire and the sound of steel-tipped arrows slicing […]

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“A THIRST FOR BRUTALITY”

Young and Deadly

— JOHN LARN: MORALLY DEAD —

Texas cattleman Bill Hayes needed an experienced trail boss in the late summer of 1871 to take his mixed herd of 1,700 cattle from Fort Griffin, Texas, to markets in Colorado. He chose 22-year old John Larn for the job.

Despite his age and somewhat shady past, Larn came to Hayes’ attention because of his experience and his ability to handle […]

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“SHOWDOWN AT BLAZER’S MILL”

BUCKSHOT ROBERTS

— BUCKSHOT ROBERTS’ LAST STAND — Buffalo hunter Andrew L. “Buckshot” Roberts rode his mule into Blazer’s Mill in Lincoln County, New Mexico, on a Thursday afternoon and made his way to the post office to pick up a check for the sale of his ranch.

Earlier the same day,  a heavily armed band of gunmen known as Regulators arrived in town and stopped to eat at a local restaurant.

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