“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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