— 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”
— 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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— BAT MASTERSON’S LAST GUNFIGHT — A restless and tense Bat Masterson stared out the window of the train that pulled into Dodge City, Kansas, in the late morning of April 16, 1881. In his pocket, he carried a telegram warning that his younger brother Jim’s life was in danger because of a bitter business relationship.
Jim Masterson, along with A.J. Peacock, owned the Lady Gay Saloon and Dance Hall.
Peacock’s brother-in-law, Al […]
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