“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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A CASE OF MISPLACED AFFECTION

— THE NIGHT OF A DEADLY GUNFIGHT — On a cold and windy spring evening, April 5, 1870, buffalo hunter Levi Richardson walked into the Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, Kansas. He ordered a drink and sat down near a pot-bellied stove where he had a clear view of the front entrance.

Richardson watched and waited for the arrival of professional gambler Frank Loving determined to confront his former friend—professional gambler Frank […]

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