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 […]

1899 – Black Jack Ketchum shot by conductor during train robbery

1899 – Black Jack Ketchum shot by conductor during train robbery

By SoAzNewsX August 16 1878- New Mexico Territory- lawman John Beckwith was involved with a number of shoot-outs, one, on this date, in the home of his hard case father, Henry, who killed his son-in-law, William Johnson, during a wild argument in the ranch house, a fight where John tried to intervene and was almost […]

1887 – Sundance Kid convicted of grand larceny

1887 – Sundance Kid convicted of grand larceny

By SoAzNewsX August 9 1878- Bennett Creek, Idaho- one enlisted man is wounded in fight with Bannock Indians. 1887- Sundance, Wyoming– Harry Longabaugh, aka the Sundance Kid, was convicted of grand larceny. 1944- Actor Sam Elliot was born at Sacramento, CA. You Know My Name (1998), The Hi-Lo Country, Rough Riders (1997), The Ranger, the […]

1862 – Army establishes Fort Bowie to guard Apache Pass

1862 – Army establishes Fort Bowie to guard Apache Pass

By SoAzNewsX July 26 1861-Fort Fillmore, New Mexico Territory- Captain Baylor gains control of the territory after driving Union troops from the fort. 1862- Fort Bowie, New Mexico Territory (present day Arizona)– the fort is established where General Carleton secured a spring to guard the eastern approach to Apache Pass. 1863- Huntsville, Texas- Sam Houston […]

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 […]

1858 – Road now open from Ft. Yuma to El Paso

1858 – Road now open from Ft. Yuma to El Paso

By SoAzNewsX July 5 1858- Kansas Territory (present day Colorado)- William Green Russell and a party of whites and Cherokees from Georgia discover gold on the future site of Denver. 1858- Texas– a new wagon road from Fort Yuma to El Paso skirting the Gila Desert is completed. 1861- Cartage, Missouri- Union soldiers attack pro-secessionists […]

1866 – Congress creates the “Buffalo Soldiers”

1866 – Congress creates the “Buffalo Soldiers”

By SoAzNewsX June 28 1834- Rhode Island- Abel Head Pierce AKA Shanghai Pierce was born and later became one of Texas’s pioneer cattlemen. He was called Shanghai because he was 6-5 and wore spurs with rowels the size of windmills and someone remarked that he looked like a Shanghai rooster. He worked on the Grimes […]

1882 – Outlaw John Ringo’s body found shot; ruled suicide

1882 – Outlaw John Ringo’s body found shot; ruled suicide

By SoAzNewsX June 14 1846- Sonoma, California- a group of U.S. settlers declare Mexico’s California to be a republic. 1865- Idaho Territory- Crazy Horse leads an escape of mostly Sioux Indians, being relocated to Fort Kearney, Nebraska, from the U.S. Cavalry. 1872- Dakota Territory- Fort McKeen is established, south of present day Bismarck, North Dakota. […]

1876 – James-Younger Gang hauls $100,000 from express car

1876 – James-Younger Gang hauls $100,000 from express car

By SoAzNewsX June 7 1863- Mexico City is captured by French troops. 1866- Fort Madison Reservation, near present day Bremerton, Washington, Chief Seattle dies at age 78. 1867- Fort Hayes, Kansas- due to torrential rains causing Big Creek to overflow its banks, flooding the fort, the commander, Lieutenant Colonel George Custer, moved the residents, including […]

1900 – Deranged woman wrecks saloon!

1900 – Deranged woman wrecks saloon!

By SoAzNewsX May 31 1867- Bluff Ranch, Kansas- two enlisted members of an escort from Fort Dodge are killed by Indians near the ranch. 1877- Nebraska- Colonel Nelson Miles reports that 2,300 Sioux have surrendered at the Red Cloud and Spotted Tail Agencies in the last two months. 1900- Kiowa, Kansas– Carry Nation went on […]

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