Fred Waite 1853-1895 (left) and Henry Brown 1857-1884 Waite was a Chickasaw cowboy who along with Brown joined Billy the Kid’s gang. On April 1, 1878, Waite, Brown, Billy the Kid, Jim French, Frank McNab, John Middleton ambushed and murdered Lincoln...
William M. "Bill” Doolin, aka: Will Barry (1858-1896) - The son of an Arkansas farmer, Doolin was born in Johnson County, Arkansas in 1858. At the age of 23, he drifted west, working at odd jobs until he landed a job as a cowboy at the H-X Bar Ranch in Indian Territory in 1881. Most professional gunfighters died in states or territories where the most shootings occurred: Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, California, Missouri, and Colorado.
Morgan Seth Earp (April 24, 1851 – March 18, 1882) was the younger brother of Wyatt Earp, the famous gunfighter. Morgan was involved in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, where he was wounded. His assassination in Tombstone was part of a wave of vendetta killing in the southeastern Arizona Territory.
Johnny Ringo. A solitary gravesite on a private ranch in Southeastern Arizona; buried where he was found dead. The life of Johnny Ringo has taken on almost mythical status in the lore of the American Wild West.
13 Texas Rangers Unofficially formed by Stephen Austin in 1823 and officially organized in 1835, the Texas Rangers has a storied history of tracking down fugitives and protecting the border. This circa 1885-88 cabinet card is an excellent photo of Company “F” of the Frontier Battalion.– Courtesy Robert G. McCubbin Collection –
The Reno Gang, also known as the Jackson Thieves makes off with over $96,000 after robbing a train in Marshfield, Indiana as it arrived at its stop. During and after the Civil War the Reno Gang, whose members included the three Reno brothers, terrorized the Midwestern Railroads until 1868 when ten of the gang members were caught and lynched. The Marshfield train was the gang’s fourth train and by far their largest haul. The gang was based at the Radar House hotel in Seymour, Indiana
W.L. "Will" Wright 1868-1942. At age 24 he became a deputybsheriff of Wilson County till he jointed the Frontier Battalion of the Texas Rangers in 1898. He served till 1902. He then left the Rangers and served as Sheriff of Wilson County for fifteen years. He then was appointed Captain of Company D Rangers stationed in Laredo.
A standing studio portrait of Texas Rangers W. H. Putnam and Captain Phillips both proudly displaying Colt Single-Action Army revolvers and Winchester rifles. Specifically, Putnam holds a lever action Winchester Model 94 rifle and Phillips a Winchester Model 1873.
Before Ketchum lost his head, a photographer captured the noose being placed around his neck. Ketchum holds the dubious distinction of being the only person ever put to death for the offense of “felonious assault upon a railway train” in New Mexico Territory. – Courtesy Robert G. McCubbin Collection –
RANGERS: 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.