The Hunt for Zwing The Cow-boy escaped jail---but not the Indians.

Charleston, 1885 True West
Charleston, 1885.

Zwing Hunt—yes, that was probably his real name—ran with the Cochise County Cow-boys during their heyday.  It turned out to be his undoing.

In March 1882, he and a pal tried to rob a mining office in Charleston (photo).  Things went bad; a mining engineer was killed and the outlaws fled. A sheriff’s posse caught up with them, and Hunt was wounded and captured.  He soon escaped jail, helped by his brother. In May, hiding in the Chiricahua Mountains, the Hunts were attacked by Apaches. Zwing was killed and buried on the spot.  His brother escaped.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine, a former managing editor for Western Shooting Horse Magazine and the chief purveyor of ScarletMask Enterprises.