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Bat Masterson – Wild West Gunslinger

Bartholomew ‘Bat’ Masterson was born on November 26, 1853 and became one of the most famous lawmen of the late 19th and early 20th century. Masterson left the family farm as a teenage with the intention of hunting buffalo on The Great Plains. In June 1874, he became one of 28 hunters who were forced… Continue reading Bat Masterson – Wild West Gunslinger

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Lawmen in the Wild West – Rules and Regulations

The first set of rules for western lawmen was put in writing in 1882, by David Cook, in his book Hands Up! or Twenty Years of Detective Life in the Mountains and on the Plains. These were: Never hit a prisoner over the head with your pistol. You may need it later and find it… Continue reading Lawmen in the Wild West – Rules and Regulations

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The History of Lawmen in the Wild West

When the westward migration began in the mid-19th century, there were many reasons for people choosing to make the journey. Most of them wanted a new start, including soldiers who had fought in the war and had no marketable skills, and those that saw business opportunities, as well as numerous criminals looking for a way… Continue reading The History of Lawmen in the Wild West

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Outlaws – The Greatest Surviving Legends of the Old West

In spite of all the major changes which took place in Western America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, stories about outlaws seem to be the ones that we remember the most. The actions of these bandits have been the inspiration for many books and films, along with the relationships they had with… Continue reading Outlaws – The Greatest Surviving Legends of the Old West

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Famous Lawmen in Western History

The era of the Wild West is remembered in part for the numerous outlaws that plagued the towns . Although less of them are idolised, there were brave lawmen that were responsible for the downfall of many of these criminals. These included: Pat Garrett The legendary Patrick ‘Pat’ Garrett started his career as Lincoln County… Continue reading Famous Lawmen in Western History