John Wesley Hardin makes a big splash in Kansas.
June 1, 1871. An 18-year-old John Wesley Hardin arrives in Abilene, KS at the end of a cattle drive. He’d joined the outfit (run by his kin the Clements family) to escape murder charges in Texas. He’d later claim to have killed up to seven Mexicans and Indians on the trail, but that appears to be an exaggeration.
In Abilene, he’d run into fellow shootist Wild Bill Hickok–and he’d put another notch on the gun, this time accidentally killing a man who was snoring.