The Hunt for Zwing

Charleston, 1885 True West
Charleston, 1885.

Zwing Hunt—yes, that was probably his real name—ran with the Cochise County Cow-boys during their heyday.  It turned out to be his undoing.

In March 1882, he and a pal tried to rob a mining office in Charleston (photo).  Things went bad; a mining engineer was killed and the outlaws fled. A sheriff’s posse caught up with them, and Hunt was wounded and captured.  He soon escaped jail, helped by his brother. In May, hiding in the Chiricahua Mountains, the Hunts were attacked by Apaches. Zwing was killed and buried on the spot.  His brother escaped.

Like this story? Try: A Name to Remember

Related Posts

  • ask-the-marshall

    Craig Brewer Fairdale, New York Zwing Hunt is one of the more interesting characters in…

  • billy breckinridge cochise county zwing hunt true west magazine

    According to Cochise County Deputy Sheriff, Billy Breakenridge, Zwing Hunt was one of the worst…

  • According to Cochise County Deputy Sheriff, Billy Breakenridge, Zwing Hunt, was one of the worst…