Prescott, Arizona—unlike so many other Old West towns—was pretty peaceful during the frontier period. Much of the credit goes to James Dodson, who served as a deputy sheriff, city marshal or chief of police from 1877 thru 1890. He kept a lid on the wild boys who were taking in the city’s saloons and gambling houses.
His reputation probably helped. He was a childhood friend of Frank and Jesse James and rode with Quantrill’s Raiders in the Civil War. James Dodson was a tough customer; people didn’t mess with him.