Wells Fargo Agent Relieved of Cash And His Prize Pistols

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At the end of 1881 and early 1882, a flurry of stagecoach robberies in Cochise County brings Wells Fargo Agent James Hume from San Francisco to investigate. Unfortunately for Hume, the stage he takes into Tombstone is robbed by two road agents wearing black cloth masks. They take about $1,500 off the coach and Hume is relieved of $75 and two fancy pistols. Hume writes to his wife, “Tombstone has a population of six thousand—five thousand of them are bad—one thousand of them known outlaws. I don’t want much of Tombstone.”

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Bob Boze Bell

In 1999, Bob Boze Bell and partners bought True West magazine (published since 1953) and moved the editorial offices to Cave Creek, Arizona. Bell has published and illustrated books on Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, as well as Classic Gunfights, an Old West gunfight book series. His latest books are The 66 Kid and True West Moments.