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Fred Waite and Henry Newton Brown of the Regulators

Fred Waite (shown left) and Henry Newton Brown (shown right) were both members of the Regulators during the Lincoln County War in New Mexico in 1878. The Regulators consisted of cowhands employed by John Tunstall including Billy the Kid and other local citizens. They...

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Early Dental Care in Dodge City, Kansas

On June 8. 1878 the Dodge City Times, Dodge City, Kansas printed ads for two dentists who were competing against one another for new patients. Both Dr. Milton and Dr. Holliday recently arrived in town and both had set up their respective practices at the Dodge House...

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Clay Allison’s Revenge

On July 22, 1886, the Emporia Weekly News in Emporia, Kansas published this account of Clay Allison (shown) meting out his revenge on a dentist who provided poor care. Allison a notorious gunfighter was known as a “shootist” because of his fast draw and his record as...

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Drug Abuse in the Old West

During the days of the old west drugs were used and abused. The drug laudanum (shown), also known as Tincture of Opium, was a popular remedy for a variety of aches and pains as well as an effective cough suppressant. Laudanum came in liquid form and its main...

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Copperhead

This young woman was a prostitute in Tombstone, Arizona Territory circa 1880’s. Her real name is unknown however, her moniker was “Copperhead.” Copperhead was born and raised somewhere in the South during the Civil War. Her family and her plantation home was destroyed...

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For the Love of Mollie Brennan

On January 24, 1876, legendary lawman Bat Masterson and a U. S. Army Corporal Melvin A. King had a fight to the death over a prostitute named Mollie Brennan in Sweetwater, Texas. Despite Bat Masterson’s reputation as a gunfighter this would be his only one on one...

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The Alleged Extortion of the Tombstone Madams

In September 1881 Tombstone, Arizona Chief of Police Virgil Earp received a community complaint against Police Officer A. J. Bronk. Allegedly Officer Bronk was demanding payment from a prostitute known as “Miss Amelia.” The complainant, James R. Lapton, stated that he...

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The Theft of Wyatt Earp’s Horse

Shortly after arriving in Tombstone, Arizona Territory Wyatt Earp (shown left) had a horse stolen from him. On several occasions, Earp heard rumors that his horse was at the Clanton Ranch in nearby Charleston. However, it wasn’t until late December 1880 that Earp...

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Minnie Freeman Nebraska’s Heroine of 1888

On January 12, 1888, a blizzard struck suddenly throughout Nebraska with extraordinarily deep snow spread by hurricane-like winds. The winds created severe drifting and blinding whiteouts. On this day, a nineteen-year-old schoolteacher named Minnie Freeman (shown) was...

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Aprapaho War Chief Pretty Nose

Pretty Nose (shown) was an Arapaho woman who was photographed in 1879 wearing woven cloth and buffalo robe. She has been called Cheyenne but identified as Arapaho because she was known to wear red, black and white beaded cuffs. Per Pretty Nose’s grandson, Mark Soldier...

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Miss Birdie Woods

Birdie Woods (shown) was a popular entertainer in Tombstone, Arizona who performed in Tombstone and other nearby establishments during the mid to late 1880’s. On May 17, 1886, the Daily Tombstone newspaper published the following announcement: “The Crystal Palace...

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The Red Light Saloon, Caldwell, Kansas

The historical marker for the infamous Red Light Saloon in Caldwell, Kansas (shown) was erected by the Caldwell Historical Society in 1993. The marker is located at 16 North Main Street near the post office. The following is the text from the Red Light Saloon marker:...

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