“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.
Mannie Hyman’s saloon in Leadville is where Doc Holliday’s last gunfight takes place. Leadville puts Tombstone, Arizona, in the shade, with its 120 saloons, 118 gambling halls, 110 beer gardens and 35 brothels. Check out the contraption on the boardwalk next to the clock. What the heck is that?
In September 1864, Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes, led by Black Kettle, attended a peace meeting at Camp Weld in Denver, Colorado, but Territorial Gov. John Evans ignored their efforts. (From left, standing) White Wing, Bosse, interpreter John Smith, rest unknown; (seated) Neva, Bull Bear, Black Kettle, One-Eye and an unidentified Indian; (kneeling) Maj. Edward Wynkoop and Capt. Silas Soule.
During 1868-69, Andrew J. Russell’s camera recorded the Union Pacific’s progress toward Promontory Summit, the Utah site where the Central and Union Pacific Railroads joined on May 10, 1869, officially bringing the East and the West Coasts together via rail. Capturing this 450-foot-wide wooden trestle on the Union Pacific line east of Promontory, Russell shows U.P. crews standing on two flatbeds being pushed by Engine No. 119.
Jimmy Rolleri (above) saved the day by firing the shot that strikes Black Bart in the hand, causing the bandit to carelessly leave behind his handkerchief. The laundry stamp marked on it helped Wells Fargo Detective Harry Morse find his man.
Famous for his bold use of repurposing iconic Western images, Bill Schenck has played a major role in the introduction and infusion of Pop Art into the Western motif. His Loose Lips Will Kill You puts a tongue-in-cheek mash-up between WWII and the Old West, executed with a paint-by-numbers style that lands the viewer somewhere between a giant postcard and a B-Western lobby card.
As the two railroads were set to meet in Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 8, 1869, Union Pacific Vice President Thomas C. Durant was stuck in his train. His car wheels had been chained to the tracks in Wyoming by a tie cutter crew demanding their back wages.
Luckily for Wyatt Earp (inset), Jack Stilwell didn’t catch the lawman who murdered his brother Frank. Although there are no verified photos of Frank, the photo of Jack (left), a respected frontier scout, gives credence to the belief that Frank may not have been that bad.
Outlaw Sam Bass (standing at right) worked as a farmhand in Denton County, Texas, before turning to horse stealing and robbing stagecoaches. In 1877, he and his gang held up a Union Pacific train in Big Springs, Nebraska, getting away with $60,000.
In 1886, soiled dove Bessie Colvin (shown) left Alice Abbott’s house of prostitution in El Paso, Texas, to go work for Etta Clark. After following her to Clark’s place across the street, Abbott punched the madam in the face. The angry Clark returned with a gun and shot Abbott in the groin. El Pasoans sided with Clark, perhaps because the tiny woman shooting the 200-pound Abbott caused some to chuckle; on May 12, a jury found Clark not guilty on grounds of self-defense.
In Cripple Creek, Colorado, prostitutes and dance hall girls were required to wear aprons over their short dresses, lest anyone be offended at seeing their ankles. These gals and their cohorts are having a fine time at Crapper Jack’s. The famed Laura Bell McDaniel of Colorado City is said to be among them.
The smiles of Dora Hand, some pioneers recalled, caused more revolver fights than those of any other woman in the West. A popular singer in Dodge City, Kansas, the beautiful woman was shot and killed in 1878 by a cowhand named James “Spike” Kenedy. A posse was quickly organized to chase the killer down and bring him to justice. Among the members of the posse were Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Charlie Bassett and Bill Tilghman.