True Western Towns

Ragtown to Riches

Amarillo-tx_old-city-ariel-mapIn the morning of Sept. 28, 1874, Colonel Ranald Mackenzie and his Fourth Cavalry swept into Palo Duro Canyon. The soldiers burned Indian camps, destroyed food supplies and—most importantly—captured and killed more than 1,100 horses, effectively putting an end to the Red River War.

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Billy the Kid’s Legendary La Placita

Lincoln-New-Mexico-Billy-overlooking-townBy most accounts, the death of 24-year-old John Tunstall was little more than a cold-blooded assassination.

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Invaders in the Big Horns

occidental-saloon_buffalo-wyomingNearly two dozen Texas gunmen rode a specially outfitted railroad car into Casper, Wyoming, on April 5, 1892.

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Rowdy River Town

The-Dalles-art-printThere were rules in Victor Trevitt’s saloon—no gambling, for one thing. No fighting, or even any rough talk. Drinking was allowed, of course, but not drunkenness. It’s no wonder the Mt. Hood Saloon was described as “an island in a sea of sin.”

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Let Freedom Ring!

TWT_Lawrence-KS_Sen-James-Henry-Lane_QuantillWilliam Quantrill addressed his ragtag army on the evening of August 20, 1863. “Boys, this is a hazardous ride, and there is a chance we will all be annihilated.”

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