“BOOZE AND BATWINGS”

OLD WEST SALOONS

— 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 FASTER GUN”

FORT WORTH SHOOTOUT

— 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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A CASE OF RETRIBUTION

Gunslinger and Gambler

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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A MAN WITH NOTHING TO LOSE

John Henry Holliday

Doc Holliday sat at a table playing cards on the night of July 19, 1879, in the saloon he had opened with a partner in Las Vegas, New Mexico, when a heated argument erupted between a customer and one of the dance hall girls.

Former Army scout Mike Gordon was trying to persuade the girl to leave her job and run away with him, but her plans for the future did […]

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