“MYSTERY OF THE LOST GOLD”

CANYON STATION

— MISSING ARMY PAYROLL — Canyons throughout the Old West reverberate with legends of buried treasure, especially in and around the foothills of the Cerbat Mountains in Mohave County, Arizona.

Now and then, reports surface of treasure hunters roaming an area once known as Canyon Station, Arizona, the site of a stagecoach stop in 1873.

This particular legend involves an Army payroll strongbox containing $72,000 in gold coins. […]

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A FAVOR THAT BACKFIRED

LAWMAN JEFF MILTON

— FORMER LAWMAN STOOD ALONE AGAINST OUTLAW GANG — The Southern Pacific rolled into the train station in tiny Fairbank, Arizona, a few miles west of Tombstone, to offload some cargo on a Thursday night in mid-February 1900. Several gunmen mingled with the waiting crowd, pretending to be drunk.

Former deputy sheriffs Bill Stiles and Burt Alvord devised a plan to rob the Wells Fargo express car transporting either the U.S. Army payroll for […]

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A MAN OF COURAGE

US DEPUTY MARSHAL HECK THOMAS

— ACTING ALONE, HE ONCE DELIVERED 41 FELONS TO A FEDERAL JAIL — Three Deputy U.S. Deputy Marshals tracked the Aaron Purdy Gang into Indian Country and cornered them in a ravine near the Snake River. Deputy U.S. Marshal Henry “Heck” Thomas decided to go it alone and give the outlaws a chance to give themselves up.

The law wanted Purdy and the other gang members for moonshining, horse stealing, and train robbery.

Heck […]

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Where Lawmen Didn’t Live Long

Devil's Canyon

Five hours after pinning on his badge as sheriff of the northern Arizona town of Canyon Diablo, he was dead. In fact, of the seven sheriffs who found their way to this violent outpost never lasted more than a month.

The town’s mean streets once accommodated a population of two-thousand, and attracted mostly outlaws, gamblers, and drifters.

Hell Street

The main thoroughfare, appropriately named Hell Street, featured “fourteen saloons, ten gambling dens, four houses of […]

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