“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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Legendary Lawman Sam Sixkiller

Sam Sixkiller, Lawman

On a grey and cloudy Christmas Eve afternoon in 1886, Sam Sixkiller was feeling a bit under the weather, so he rode into Muskogee, Oklahoma to pick up some medicine.

Unarmed and off-duty, the deputy marshal swung down from the saddle, walked into a store and retrieved his medication, and then left.

As he stepped onto the platform, two men stepped from the shadows to confront the lawman. The pair, according to historians, […]

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