“HIRED GUN”

Hired Gun

— RIDING WITH HISTORY — Sherman McMaster never stayed long in one place. Always on the move, he crisscrossed Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. He rode the frontier mostly as a hired gun and associated with some of the most recognizable names in history. 

Born 1853 into wealthy Illinois family, McMaster—also known as McMasters—made his way West in his late Teens or Twenties.

And he wasted little making […]

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“TEXAS JOHN SLAUGHTER”

GAMBLER & LAWMAN

— THE MEANEST GOOD GUY — John Horton Slaughter sat at a poker table on Commerce Street in San Antonio, Texas, in 1876, and watched the dealer distribute the last hand. Something about the cards troubled him, but he kept playing.

A short time later, Barney Gallagher slammed his hole-card down and claimed victory.

When he leaned over the table to gather in his winnings, Gallagher found himself […]

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A FAVOR THAT BACKFIRED

LAWMAN JEFF MILTON

— FORMER LAWMAN STOOD ALONE AGAINST OUTLAW GANG — The Southern Pacific rolled into the train station in tiny Fairbank, Arizona, a few miles west of Tombstone, to offload some cargo on a Thursday night in mid-February 1900. Several gunmen mingled with the waiting crowd, pretending to be drunk.

Former deputy sheriffs Bill Stiles and Burt Alvord devised a plan to rob the Wells Fargo express car transporting either the U.S. Army payroll for […]

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