Two-Gun Men

Illustration by Bob Boze Bell

In 1859, Arizona’s first newspaper, The Arizonian, reported on a duel in Tubac, Arizona. An estimated 1,000 men from the area showed up, including sporting men from Tucson, farmers from the Santa Cruz River and “almost everybody connected with the various mines.” An eyewitness is quoted as saying: “Everybody, as a matter of course, was ‘en grand toilette,’ i.e. two six shooters and a bowie knife around the waist.”

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