Tom Powers was a powerful force in El Paso around the turn of the century. His Coney Island Saloon was a meeting place for the powerful on both sides of the law—many of whom he called friends (including Pat Garrett). He also owned a New Mexico ranch and lived the high life. Until Prohibition hit in 1919; he had to sell the saloon. Most of his wealth melted away over the years.
In 1930, Powers attempted to shoot himself to death but missed the vital organs. He died of cancer the next year.