Scott Dyke: The initial dust that led to Lincoln County fight

Scott Dyke: The initial dust that led to Lincoln County fight

By Scott Dyke Much has been written about The Lincoln County battle that raged in New Mexico Territory, a historic confrontation that spawned the legendary Billy the Kid. The origin of this struggle is not so well known. It was about the will of Emil Fritz. In the beginning, it was not about shootouts, but […]

Lincoln County War talk in Green Valley coming up

Lincoln County War talk in Green Valley coming up

By SoAzNewsX Noted Wyatt Earp and Old West historian Scott Dyke will present a talk on what happened to cause the Lincoln County War in New Mexico as part of his Wild West Series of history talks. Billy the Kid was one of participants in that dispute that arose between two factions over the control of dry […]

1877 – Rangers catch John Wesley Hardin on a Florida train

1877 – Rangers catch John Wesley Hardin on a Florida train

By SoAzNewsX August 23 1842- present day Wyoming- explorer John C. Fremont carves his name in Independence Rock. 1868- Fort Totten, Dakota Territory- three members of the 31st Infantry are killed by Indians. 1868- Kansas- eight settlers are killed by Indians between Pond Creek, Kansas and Lake Station, Colorado Territory. 1873- California- outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez […]

1861 – Hickok shoots gunman David McCanles over a woman

1861 – Hickok shoots gunman David McCanles over a woman

By SoAzNewsX July 12 1861-Rock Creek, Nebraska– Gunman David McCanles, enraged at Hickok’s seeing his mistress, went to the Rock Creek station, standing outside the cabin and calling for Hickok to come outside. Hickok refused and McCanles went to a side door. It is unclear whether or not he pulled his six-gun. “Come out and […]

1878 – Two wounded in Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory war

1878 – Two wounded in Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory war

By SoAzNewsX July 18 1843- Kentucky- Virgil Earp, the oldest of the Earp brothers, was born. 1859- California – Sheriff J. Boggs trapped outlaws Richard Barter, AKA Rattlesnake Dick, AKA Dick Woods, and George Skinner in a mountain pass near Auburn, California at night. Barter and Skinner were wanted for stealing $80,000 in California gold […]

1848 – Mexican War over; U.S. gains territory

1848 – Mexican War over; U.S. gains territory

By SoAzNewsX March 10 1848– the Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, ending the war with Mexico and extending the boundaries of the U.S. west to the Pacific Ocean. 1857- Isaac Cody dies from a chill from a rainstorm. His 11-year-old son, William F. Cody, will soon go to work as a messenger boy for […]

1878 – John Tunstall murdered; Lincoln County war erupts

1878 – John Tunstall murdered; Lincoln County war erupts

By SoAzNewsX February 18 1861- Kansas- the Treaty of Fort Wise is signed. Cheyenne and Arapaho gave up much of present Colorado between the North Platte and Arkansas Rivers. The tribes relocate to a reservation between the Arkansas River and Sand Creek. 1871- Fort Dodge, Kansas- Indians attack a government train near the fort, killing […]