“THE SEIGE”

DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL

— ONE OF THE BRAVEST —  A glimmer of sunlight settled across the horizon in the early morning of November 3, 1892, when a sixteen-man posse prepared to launch an attack on a mountain fortress in the Going Snake District, a remote area of the Cherokee Nation.

Deputy U.S. Marshals Paden Tolbert and G.S. “Cap” White headed up the posse that surrounded the double-walled log fortress where Ned Christie took refuge. […]

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“LIVING IN HARM’S WAY”

C M Hollister

— DEPUTY CASH HOLLISTER — On an early fall morning in 1884, Deputy Sheriff Cash Hollister and two other lawmen headed for a farm outside Caldwell, Kansas, to arrest Bob Cross, the son of a Baptist minister.

Although Cross had a wife and child, he ran off with the daughter of a wealthy Sumner County farmer, but abandoned her and returned to his wife.

Her outraged father, Joshua Hannum, swore […]

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“DARING AND DYNAMITE”

— THE WILCOX TRAIN ROBBERY — The engineer of the westbound Union Pacific snapped open his pocket watch just as the big locomotive reached milepost 609, near Wilcox, Wyoming. Squinting through a steady drizzle, he spotted two men with lanterns in the distance flagging him down.

Engineer W.R. “Grindstone” Jones, thinking the rain might have washed out a small wooden bridge up ahead, applied the brake and brought the first section of the […]

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THE MAN FROM HELLDORADO

DEP. SHERIFF BREAKENRIDGE

— ANTI-EARP TOMBSTONE LAWMAN — Two masked gunmen kicked in the door of the Tombstone Mining and Milling Company office in Charleston, Arizona, late in the evening on March 25, 1882, but left bars of silver bullion and cash in the office vault when the heist went wrong.

The robbery attempt went bad from the moment Billy Grounds and Zwing Hunt stepped through the door.

One of the four men inside […]

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