Clay Allison and Mace Bowman

Clay Allison – Age 45

Just about everybody’s heard of badman Clay Allison but have you ever heard of Mason T. Bowman? The late Leon Metz mentions a newspaper account describing a drunken incident where the two had a fast draw contest with Mace consistently proving the fastest. Next, they stripped down to their underwear and danced with each other. Finally they shot at each other’s feet to see who would jump or flinch. Neither did. The contest ended with neither one getting hurt.

Allison was one of the best and he died with his boots on but ironically, he was killed when he fell beneath a wagon and a wheel rolled across his neck.

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