Firearms Editor Phil Spangenberger found this cabinet photo in an antique shop in Randsburg, California, that borders the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where this photo was probably taken around 1900. These passengers must have been important because two mounted and armed guards are escorting the wagon through the mountain pass. – Courtesy Phil Spangenberger –
Jack London, dressed here in his Klondike gear, attracted a lot of fans after he sold his first story, “To the Man on the Trail,” to The Overland Monthly in 1898. The Klondike gold fields excited “jaded readers, grown weary of the stereotyped magazine story of the wild and woolly west...,” the magazine reported in a feature about London in 1920. – Courtesy Huntington Library –
The Huntington Library claims London inscribed the note “This is Buck” on this photograph of the Klondike cabin where Marshall and Louis Bond (pictured) lived with their dog Jack. Buck was the half St. Bernard, half sheepdog who was stolen from a California estate and sold as a sled dog in the Arctic. In London’s The Call of the Wild, he evolved into a fierce animal torn between his loyalty to his master and his desire to reconnect with the wild. – Courtesy Huntington Library –
Thanks to Kyle Lewis! "My great grandfather Jefferson Bingly Yarbrough (center) age 19. When he was 47, he was shot while defending a woman who's husband had just beat her. The shooter didn't get away without consequence, as my grandfather fell from his wound he shot the fleeing subject hitting him in the right elbow with a .45 caliber bullet from his Colt's SAA. The bullet blew the subjects arm off leaving it at the scene of the crime. I have the watch chain he's wearing in this photo."
DODGE CITY PEACE COMMISSION - In 1883, Dodge City, Kansas, hosted the most impressive group of frontier lawmen to sit for a group portrait: (front row, from left) Charlie Bassett, Wyatt Earp, W.F. McLain, Neil Brown; (back row) W.H. Harris, Luke Short, Bat Masterson, W.F. Petillon.
Belle Starr of the Indian Territory was another lady attracted to outlaws. She consorted with some, including Cole Younger, and married others, Jim Reed and Sam Starr. This cabinet card of her on her horse dates to 1886, three years before she was mysteriously murdered.
Curley was a scout for Gen. George Custer and watched the 1876 Battle at the Little Big Horn from a periphery. He was described as a “remorse, taciturn sort of fellow and disinclined to make friends, and rarely talks or pays much attention to anyone.” He once said, “I spring from Crow earth and will never leave it. A teepee and food for my wife and child—grass for my ponies—and I go back to the ground of my fathers.”
“The most dangerous outlaw in Indian Territory,” Ned Christie was shot to death in 1892. His body was placed on a board (back row, third from left), while U.S. deputy marshals posed with their “prize” and their 1873 and 1886 Winchester lever-action rifles—along with one trapdoor Springfield single-shot rifle. Christie holds his .44-40, 1873 Winchester for the last time.