Famous Gunfighters of the Western Frontier

Famous Gunfighters of the Western Frontier : Wyatt Earp, "Doc" Holliday, Luke Short and Others

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A legendary lawman, buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, and newspaper columnist, Bat Masterson served as sheriff of Ford County, Kansas, ruled Dodge City, and became an eyewitness to the heyday of the Old West's most notorious outlaws. His thrilling collection of mini-biographies reveals fascinating details about a host of legendary gunslingers, painting a vivid portrait of a world of sharpshooters, cattle rustlers, and frontier justice. First published as a series of magazine articles in 1907, these life-and-death dramas introduce you to some of the most famous gunfighters America has ever known. The roundup includes Wyatt Earp, who had a reputation for courage and calm, but went on the warpath when one of his five brothers was killed by stagecoach robbers; Doc Holliday, a mean-tempered dentist who loved poker and moonshine -- and found trouble wherever he traveled; Ben Thompson, a fearless gunman who served in the Civil War and was determined to continue fighting after the last battle ended; Luke Short, a slightly built man with nerves of steel, who started out as a gambler and ended up a Shakespeare-quoting gentleman; and Bill Tilghman, who captured some of the West's most desperate criminals. Illustrated with forty-eight rare 19th-century photos, these colorful accounts will appeal to anyone with a love of Western lore.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 134.62 x 210.82 x 12.7mm | 158.76g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 48
  • 0486470148
  • 9780486470146
  • 200,999

About W.B. (Bat) Masterson

Bat Masterson was a legendary lawman, buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, and newspaper columnist, who became sheriff of Ford County, Kansas. His territory, headquartered in Dodge City, ran approximately 300 miles east to west and north to south. A friend of Teddy Roosevelt, Masterson lived through life-and-death dramas only seen in movies and on TV shows such as Gunsmoke.show more