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Cole Younger Did you know you can visit the scene of the James-Younger Gang's defeat in Northfield? The Northfield Historical Society has restored the First National Bank to the way it looked the day the robbers entered. Next door in the same building, an exhibit details the robbery, shootout and manhunt for the criminals. The exhibit displays firearms used in the gun battle, an outlaw’s saddle and the bank’s ledger book.
Why did Wild Bill Hickok wear his gun backwards? Many successful shootists preferred the cross draw. For example, if you’re sitting at a faro table or in the saddle, it’s much easier to reach across and pull your gun than it is to reach back to your right hip to pull your pistol. From a standing position the holster needs to be more towards the front of your left leg.
That fateful day of August 2nd, 1876 when Jack McCall fired a fatal bullet into the back of Wild Bill Hickok’s head, a story is told that one of the gamblers at the table of the Number 10 Saloon in Deadwood put the last hand that Wild Bill Hickok held on his tombstone...
David Grasse’s new biography, The True Story of Notorious Arizona Outlaw Augustine Chacon dispels the oft-told story of a man said to be the most dangerous killer along the border country. Early western writers loved to sensationalize the deeds of badmen, exaggerating their number of kills. Johnny Ringo is one and Chacon is another. This story of the Don Juan, Augustine Chacon is too good not to share.
About that pipe that marks the last resting place of the Daltons… Visitors to the Elmwood Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kansas, are generally looking for the last resting place of members of the Dalton Gang. They’ll find a nice stone bearing the names of Bob and Grat Dalton and their compatriot Bill Power (or Powers). The boys were dumped into a common grave after the botched robbery of two banks on October 5, 1892.
Alright y'all you've seen it before, here it is again...the iconic photo taken after the Dalton Gang's Deadly Demise. After Broadwell’s body was brought in from the edge of town, the dead bandits were all rounded up and a hay rack from a wagon was put on the ground, with hay underneath to prop it up. The bodies were placed on the rack, leaning against a stable wall next to the jail. Left to right: Bill Powers, Bob Dalton, Grat Dalton and Dick Broadwell.
After a flurry of robberies in the Indian Territory (see map), Bob Dalton and his gang planned on hitting Red Rock Station. When the gang got into position at 10:30 p.m. on June 1, Bob didn’t like the look of the darkened smoking car as the train pulled into the small, one-horse station