Lawman Tom Carson

abilene1875-blogThe stories say various things about lawman Tom Carson—mostly wrong stuff.

Like that he was Kit Carson’s nephew.  Wrong.  That he put several notches in his guns in the Kansas cowtowns of Abilene (see photo) and Newton during the early 1870s.  Wrong (although he did shoot and wound a bartender—unprovoked—and put a bullet in his best buddy during a drunken argument).

Or that sometime later, someplace, after being fired from pretty much every law job he ever held, he took up the star again and died in a gunfight.  Nope; at least there’s no evidence that ever happened.

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