“TO HEAVEN AND BACK”

OUTLAW AND LAWMAN

— 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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“AN UNWANTED REPUTATION”

SWEETWATER SHOOTOUT

— THE SWEETWATER SHOOTOUT — The soldier playing poker at the Lady Gay Saloon in Sweetwater, Texas, rose from his chair in disgust, threw his cards hand down, and stormed out the door. Another player, Bat Masterson, watched him leave, not knowing the two would meet again before the night ended.

Corporal Melvin A. King of the 4th Cavalry at a nearby Army post struggled with the […]

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SHOWDOWN IN DODGE CITY

BAT MASTERSON, GUNMAN

— BAT MASTERSON’S LAST GUNFIGHT — A restless and tense Bat Masterson stared out the window of the train that pulled into Dodge City, Kansas, in the late morning of April 16, 1881. In his pocket, he carried a telegram warning that his younger brother Jim’s life was in danger because of a bitter business relationship.

Jim Masterson, along with A.J. Peacock, owned the Lady Gay Saloon and Dance Hall.

Peacock’s brother-in-law, Al […]

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