End of the Line Train robbers Evans and Sontag met their match at Stone Corral.

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Battle of Stone Corral.

California train robbers Chris Evans and John Sontag had evaded posses for four months, through six fights.  But they were finally cornered at a place called Stone Corral, north of Visalia, on June 11, 1892.

When the gunsmoke cleared, Sontag was mortally wounded, lying in a pile of hay and manure.  Evans briefly got away, but he was badly wounded and captured a few days later. He would lose an eye and part of an arm from his wounds.  Evans would spend more than 17 years in Folsom Prison.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.