“THE REAL MC COY”

CATTLE BARON

— CATTLE BARON OF ABILENE — An oversupply of Longhorn cattle drove prices to rock bottom in the 1860s. But businessman Joseph McCoy figured a way to help Texas ranchers send their herds East to satisfy a big demand for beef.

Following the Civil War, cattle prices on the frontier dropped to between three- and four dollars a head. Chicago buyers, on the other hand, were paying $30 to $40 […]

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“CLASSROOM TO COURTROOM”

"LITTLE BILL" RAIDLER

— HE RODE WITH THE DOOLIN GANG — The man standing inside the mouth of a cave near Bartlesville, Oklahoma Territory, took aim at three lawmen heading his way and snapped off several shots at them.

Before the outlaw could take aim again, U.S. Deputy Marshal Bill Tilghman, who tracked “Little Bill” Raidler to his hideout, returned fire, shattering Raidler’s hand.

When Little Bill […]

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THE HONORABLE DALTON

US DEPUTY MARSHAL DALTON

On a sunny and cold Tuesday, November 27, 1887, two lawmen rode into the Cherokee Nation, tracking a horse thief named Dave Smith to his camp near the Arkansas River—a journey that would end in a bloody ambush.

When U.S. Deputy Marshal Frank Dalton and Deputy J.R. Cole reached the camp, they dismounted and approached a tent, not anticipating any trouble.

Inside the tent with Smith were outlaws William Towerly and Lee Dixon, along […]

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