“ALONE AND OUTNUMBERED”

Sheriff Morse, Alameda County

— DESERT SHOWDOWN — In the soft glow of twilight, Alameda County Sheriff Harry N. Morse guided a small posse into the Sausalito Valley in the Panoche Mountains in January 1871, tracking a band of outlaws headed by Juan Soto, one of the region’s most feared gunmen. 

Morse had conducted a relentless manhunt, determined to capture the brutal Soto, wanted for robbery and murder.

“ALONE AND OUTNUMBERED”

“THE WAGES OF GREED”

— AN IMPATIENT BANDIT — In early October 1877, outlaw James F. Berry rode into Mexico, Missouri, after dark carrying several thousand dollars in gold pieces, his share of the loot stolen in a train robbery at Big Springs, Nebraska, about a month earlier.

Berry and five other members of the Black Hills Bandits staged the biggest single robbery in the history of the Union Pacific Railroad.

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“ROTTEN TO THE CORE”

OUTLAW BILL POSEY

— BOLD AND SHAMELESS — On a muggy moonlit night in June 1873, Bill Posey and his gang forced their way into the home of Matt and Sarah Wallace outside Waco, Texas, and dragged the husband outside. Sarah, holding their bewildered two-year-old daughter, screamed in protest, but her pleas went unheeded.

Wife and daughter, powerless to intervene, watched as someone tied her husband’s hands behind his back and lifted to the back of […]

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“THE TRINIDAD GUNFIGHT”

GAMBLERS & GUNPLAY

 — GAMBLERS AND GUNPLAY — A glaring sun splashed across Main Street in Trinidad, Colorado, in mid-April 1882. Two professional gamblers stood facing each other determined to settle a bitter dispute over gambling debts.

The two men— Frank Loving, a Faro dealer at the Bank Exchange Saloon and John Allen who worked at the Imperial Saloon—knew each other from their days in Dodge City.

But anger between the two men had been building for months, […]

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