“A FASTER GUN”

FORT WORTH SHOOTOUT

— A FRIENDSHIP GONE BAD — Luke Short stood at the bar inside the White Elephant saloon and gambling house he managed in Fort Worth, Texas, and heard someone summon him outside.

Short, a gunfighter, gambler, and bar owner, glanced at his watch, left the saloon at about eight p.m., and spotted ex-lawman Tim Isaiah Courtright standing across the street.

Staying parallel to each other, the […]

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“A DEADLY CONFRONTATION”

Florence, Arizona

— THE SALOON SHOOTOUT — The bad blood between former Pinal County, Arizona, Sheriff John Peter Gabriel and his one-time deputy, Josephus Phy, bubbled over on the last day of May 1888 when they traded angry words at John Keating’s Tunnel Saloon in the mining boomtown of Florence.

The tension between the two seasoned law officers had been building for a couple of years.

Gabriel won the sheriff’s post in 1883 and hired the […]

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A CASE OF MISPLACED AFFECTION

— THE NIGHT OF A DEADLY GUNFIGHT — On a cold and windy spring evening, April 5, 1870, buffalo hunter Levi Richardson walked into the Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, Kansas. He ordered a drink and sat down near a pot-bellied stove where he had a clear view of the front entrance.

Richardson watched and waited for the arrival of professional gambler Frank Loving determined to confront his former friend—professional gambler Frank […]

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SHOWDOWN AT SUNDOWN

Frank M. Canton

At around sunset on Friday, November 6, 1896, Sheriff Frank Canton of Pawnee, Oklahoma, finished dinner and walked out of the restaurant into the chilled air, unaware a man who wanted him dead waited in the shadows.

The 47-year old lawman—born Josiah W. “Joe” Horner—once rode the outlaw trail in his youth as a bank robber and cattle rustler.

In his early Twenties, Horner went on the run for killing a Buffalo […]

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