The Wayward Lawman Something pushed Burt Alvord to the wrong side of the law.

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Burt Alvord

Burt Alvord seemed headed down the righteous path in Tombstone and Cochise County. In 1886, at age 19, he was hired as a deputy sheriff by John Slaughter. He also served as a lawman in the towns of Fairbanks, Pearce, and Willcox—although his drinking was becoming a problem. Alvord’s father died in 1899, and that seemingly was a big blow. Alvord left his wife, quit his deputy sheriff job, and began riding the outlaw trail. He did a brief prison stint and then headed to South America, where he was last seen in 1910.

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