“THE SEIGE”

DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL

— ONE OF THE BRAVEST —  A glimmer of sunlight settled across the horizon in the early morning of November 3, 1892, when a sixteen-man posse prepared to launch an attack on a mountain fortress in the Going Snake District, a remote area of the Cherokee Nation.

Deputy U.S. Marshals Paden Tolbert and G.S. “Cap” White headed up the posse that surrounded the double-walled log fortress where Ned Christie took refuge. […]

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“13 STEPS TO JUSTICE”

FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS

— FORT SMITH’S FIRST EXECUTION — The afternoon of August 15, 1873, turned gray and foreboding, but the crowd gathered around the new gallows at Fort Smith, Arkansas, ignored the threat of an approaching storm to watch a prisoner navigate the thirteen steps to the scaffold.

Prisoner John Childers, cigar clamped between his teeth, wore a look of indifference as he made his way through the crowd of […]

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RAGE IN CATOOSA

Rage in Catoosa

— PSYCHO KILLER STALKS LAWMAN — No one knew what touched off the fist fight between the two men at a pool hall in Catoosa, Oklahoma Territory, but it marked the beginning of a night of terror in the Indian Territory community.

Deputy Constable Jess W. Elliott of the Cherokee Nation police rode into Catoosa on November 3, 1892, to serve legal papers.

Elliott, who also practiced law, dropped by […]

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THE TRAILBLAZER

CHISHOLM TRAIL

— NO ONE LEFT HIS HOME COLD OR HUNGRY — Trailblazer Jesse Chisholm died of food poisoning on March 4, 1868, at the age of 63. The Chisholm Trail started at the confluence of the Little and Big Arkansas rivers and ended at Chisholm’s trading post.

The Chisholm Trail eventually connected Abilene, Kansas, with San Antonio, Texas. Texas cattlemen used the Chisholm Trail for almost two decades, driving hundreds of thousands of […]

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