“DARING AND DYNAMITE”

DARING & DYNAMITE

 — THE WILCOX TRAIN ROBBERY — In the early morning of Friday, June 2, 1899, engineer W.R. “Grindstone” Jones guided the westbound Union Pacific Overland Flyer No. 1 through the dark and the drizzle. In the distance, Jones spotted two men with signal lanterns flagging him down at milepost 609, near Wilcox, Wyoming.    

Thinking the rain might have washed out a small wooden bridge up ahead, Jones applied the […]

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“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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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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