— 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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— 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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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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