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Charlie Bowdre was a regulator in the Lincoln County merchant wars along with Billy the Kid

Early Texas Rangers. Perhaps the most storied lawmen of the West were the Texas Rangers. Comanches, not outlaws, were the principle adversaries of the Rangers in the years immediately following the Civil War. Photos of Texas Rangers taken prior to 1870 are rare. This one of James Thomas Bird (left) and John J. Haynes was taken in 1868 and shows the young Indian fighters outfitted more like Civil War guerrillas than the later Texas cowboys.

Alexander Majors (born in 1814) in Kentucky spent his childhood in Missouri, and settled on a farm in Independence, MO. He eventually became one of the most important freighthaulers on the Santa Fe Trail, bringing him fame and fortune in the 1850s. Today he is probably most remembered as one of the founders of the Pony Express.

Majors' Efforts | Kansas City Public Library

The outlaw cowboys in this photo are not identified, but some historians believe the man standing is outlaw chief John Kinney, who led a gang of horse thieves and cattle rustlers during the 1870s-80s, all while running his own ranch just west of the Rio Grande.

The Outlaw Cowboys of New Mexico

Charlie Bowdre rode with Billy the Kid and cowboyed around the Fort Sumner, NM area. He ended up dead at Stinking Springs when a sheriff posse shot him. They found this photo in his clothing; the blood stains are Bowdre's.

The Outlaw Cowboys of New Mexico

Oliver Lee - probably the most controversial of all the Texan turned NM cowboys. A prime suspect in two unsolved murders, particularly the infamous killing of Albert Jennings Fountain for which he was later involved in an ineffectual shootout with Pat Garrett. Lee went on to become a large cattle ranch owner and to serve as NM state senator.

The Outlaw Cowboys of New Mexico

Busy Main Street ,Deadwood ,in 1876. The frontier town was less than a year old ...

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Sam Sixkiller (1842–December 24, 1886) was a prominent Native American leader during the American Civil War and the postbellum period. Following the Civil War, he became the first captain of the Indian Police, providing police services for the lands of all five tribes. He was also a Deputy US Marshal and a special agent for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Sixkiller was murdered December 24, 1886, in Muskogee, Indian Territory.

Warren Baxter Earp (March 9, 1855 – July 6, 1900) was the youngest brother of Wyatt, Morgan, Virgil, James, and Newton Earp. Although he was not present during the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, after Virgil was maimed in an ambush, Warren joined Wyatt and was in town when Morgan was assassinated. He also helped Wyatt in the hunt for the outlaws they believed responsible. Later in life, Warren developed a reputation as a bully and was killed in an argument in 1900.

Early Matador outfit at the time Murdo Mackenzie (center in black hat) took over management. At far right is Henry H. “Paint” Campbell who established the ranch in 1879 with a half-dugout for headquarters. Matador Ranch, Texas, 1891. Gelatin dry plate negative

Charles Boles, one of the most notorious stagecoach robbers during the 1870s and 1880s, completed his last stagecoach robbery, leaving a laundry-marked handkerchief that eventually lead to his capture. Boles was a first generation immigrant, an all-American man who participated in the California Gold Rush, as well the American Civil War. When the war was over, he headed out to Motana for adventure, but subsequently got into debt with Wells, Fargo and Company.

Wyatt Earp dealing at one of the Oriental Saloon's faro tables. To his right, Doc Holliday. Wyatt Earp became manager of the Oriental Saloon, entitling him to receive one-quarter interest in its faro concession. Tombstone, Arizona January 1881 © Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum

Stagecoach at Wells Fargo office, Virginia City - Nevada 1866

Arizona cowboys and dog, circa 1885-1885.

Madame Moustache Brothel Vintage Ad .. This ad was used to welcome new customers and promote Madame Moustache's Brothel in 1860 welcoming new customers with a real deal. 'A SPLENDID BARGAIN Grand Opening Special Present this handbill & 50 cents for the regular $1.00 Treat. Good any time through April 30, 1860 - Closed on Sundays.'

Sophia German, who was taken captive with her sisters Catherine, Julia, and Adelaide, by Cheyenne Indians after their family (mother, father, 3 siblings) were killed in Kansas in 1874. Only the four youngest, Sophia, Catherine, Julia, and Adelaide, were spared and taken captive. The two youngest, Julia and Adelaide, age 7 and 5, were subsequently abandoned on the prairie in what is now the Texas panhandle. Sophia and Catherine were kept by their Cheyenne captors until rescued in 1875.

Hot Springs,Arkansas : Jesse James and the Younger Brothers were fond of robbing stagecoaches near Hot Springs. Apparently, it was something to brag about. Here's a photo of three Arkansas men who were robbed of $3000 and some valuables. They commemorated the event by painting "Robbed by Jesse James January 15, 1874 on top of their stagecoach. This was supposedly the first of a string of James-Younger holdups on the road between Malvern and Hot Springs.

Outlaw Jesse James: Hot Springs,Arkansas

Joseph Alfred Jack” Slade (1829-1864) – Jack Slade arrived near Virginia City, Montana after being fired from the Overland Stage Line at Virginia Dale, Colorado. The stage line had long been terrorized by robberies and though the stage line couldn’t prove it, it was thought that Slade was the leader of the outlaw gang. In 1863, an army payroll of $60,000 (which would be about $1 million dollars today) was robbed along the Overland Trail. The treasure has never been recovered.

Deaths and Graves of the Old West - Page 6

In 1878 the Long Branch saloon in Dodge City, Kansas became the most refined place a cattleman could get a beer & other entertainment. The Long Branch Saloon was one of 16 rowdy saloons during Dodge City's wild west days. However, lawmen like Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Bill Tilghman and Charlie Bassett soon tamed the town.

The Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, Kansas

1866 shot of the Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office in Virginia City.

Old West Brothel - California ‘49ers labeled these women "ladies of the line” & "sporting women", while cowboys dubbed them "soiled doves.” Among the many trails of Kansas, common terms included "daughters of sin”, "fallen frails,” "doves of the roost,” & "nymphs du prairie.” Other nicknames for these women, who were as much a part of the Old West as were outlaws, cowboys & miners, were "scarlet ladies,” fallen angels,” "frail sisters,” "fair belles,” & "painted cats,” among dozens of others.

George B. Chester's store on 19th and Chester Avenue. Bakersfield, CA. George and his brother Julius arrived in Bakersfield in 1866 Their first general store was named Livermore and Chester. George was Bakersfield first Postmaster

George Armstrong Custer with his Officers & Their Families Photograph by Orlando Scott Goff Taken at Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory