— MID-SUMMER GUN DOWN — Doc Holliday took a sip of liquor and studied his cards during a game in a saloon he and a partner opened in Las Vegas, New Mexico. It was a hot night in mid-July 1879 and he was in no mood for distractions.
Minutes later, a heated argument arose between former Army scout Mike Gordon and one of Holliday’s dance hall girls.
“NOTHING TO LOSE”
— 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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— 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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— OLD WEST SALOONS — The cowboy’s body ached from spending the day in the saddle under a blazing sun. He dismounted in front of the saloon, his parched lips coated with the taste of trail dust.
Dry and thirsty, he pushed through the door of the saloon. The place was typical of most barrooms across the frontier.
The place was long and narrow with the […]
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