— 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”
— 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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— A FRIENDSHIP GONE BAD — Luke Short stood at the bar inside the White Elephant saloon and gambling house he managed in Fort Worth, Texas, and heard someone summon him outside.
Short, a gunfighter, gambler, and bar owner, glanced at his watch, left the saloon at about eight p.m., and spotted ex-lawman Tim Isaiah Courtright standing across the street.
Staying parallel to each other, the […]
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Ben Thompson had his fill of threats being made against his life by a couple of theater owners in San Antonio, Texas, and decided to confront them.
On the night of March 11, 1884, Thompson met up with rancher and gunman King Fisher, also the deputy sheriff of Uvalde County, Texas. The two men went to dinner and attended a play, then decided to head to the Vaudeville Variety Theater, one of […]
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