“THE GUN DOWN”

JOHN HARDIN & JOHN SELMAN

 — AMBUSH IN EL PASO — On a hot summer night in 1895, Constable John Selman Sr. walked through the doors of the dimly-lighted Acme Saloon looking angry and determined.

He looked around and spotted the man he and his son had argued with earlier in the day. Selman slipped the Colt .45 Peacemaker from his holster, and the room fell silent. 

At one end of the room, […]

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“A CASE OF VENGEANCE”

Buffalo Gap

— LAME JOHNNY’S LAST HEIST — Five gunmen hiding inside the Canyon Springs relay station about 35 miles southwest of Deadwood waited for the arrival of the Monitor, an armored stagecoach to transport large quantities of precious metals.

Owned by the Homestake Mine in the Black Hills, the specially constructed Monitor, lined with iron plating, had been modified to accommodate portholes for guns.

Officials built the treasure […]

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MYSTERIOUS AND MISUNDERSTOOD

GUNMAN JACK SLADE

— HE SURVIVED A BLOODY AMBUSH BUT NOT DEMON RUM — On a Thursday in early March 1864, a mob of vigilantes in Virginia City, Montana, dragged gunman Jack Slade from a saloon, lifted him on to a packing crate, and lynched him for the “crime” of disturbing the peace.

In his 1872 book, Roughing It, Mark Twain described Slade as “once the most bloody, the most dangerous and the most valuable […]

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A THIRST FOR VIOLENCE

The rancher turned gunman settled back in the dentist’s chair anticipating relief from a toothache causing him unbearable pain. Minutes later, he exploded in rage when the dentist accidentally drilled into the wrong molar, a misstep that would haunt the doctor later that day.

Clay Allison, a man given to violent mood swings, leaped out of the chair and charged out the door, heading for Cheyenne, Wyoming only other dentist. 

After being […]

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