Black Bart Strikes Again On August 31, 1881

Black Bart

August 31, 1881  famous stagecoach robber Black Bart would rob the Wells Fargo stagecoach from Roseburg to Yreka, California.

John Wesley Hardin Arrested August 23, 1877

John Wesley Hardin

August 23, 1877 John Wesley Hardin was arrested on a Florida train by Texas Ranger John Armstrong. Three years prior, Hardin had killed Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb in a small town near Austin, Texas. Up to that point it was estimated that Hardin had already killed over 27 men. Hardin had taken an alias and been on the run going back and forth between Alabama and Florida. The determined Texas Rangers found out his general location. Armstrong was sent to Florida and on a tip spotted Hardin in the smoking car of the train that had stopped in at a Pensacola station. Armstrong and local authorities rushed the train from both sides with their guns drawn. Hardin whose natural instinct was to go for his weapon, got caught up in his suspenders and Armstrong used is .45 caliber pistol to hit Hardin over the head to disable him.  Hardin would be sent back to Texas to stand on trial for murder. He was found guilty of killing Sheriff Webb and sentence to life in prison. He served 15 years when he was pardoned by the Governor. During his stay in prison he studied law. Once pardoned he took the Texas state bar exam and passed.

George Hoy Dies After Being Shot By Wyatt Earp On August 21, 1878

Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson1876

On July 26, 1878 in Dodge City, a group of drunken cowboys were firing their guns randomly in town. Assistant Marshal Wyatt Earp and Policeman James Masterson (brother of Bat Masterson) responded to the shootings. Earp and Masterson fired at the cowboys as they were trying to flee on horses across the Arkansas river bridge south of down. One of the cowboys named George Hoy was hit in the arm and fell to the ground. Hoy would eventually develop gangrene from the gunshot and die on August 21, 1878. Later in Wyatt Earp’s autobiography by Stuart Lake, Earp would claim that he was the one that hit Hoy with the fatal shot.

John Henry “Doc” Holliday Born August 14, 1851

On August 14, 1851 John Henry Holliday was born to parents Henry Burroughs and Alice Jane Holliday.



Jack McCall Insulted By “Wild Bill” August 1, 1976

Jack McCall

On the night of August 1, 1876 “Wild Bill” Hickok was playing poker at the Nuttall and Mann’s No.10 Saloon. Jack McCall also known as “Crooked Nose Jack” was drinking waiting for a spot so he can join the game. One of the players decided that they had enough and dropped out. McCall, who was already drunk, took the open seat. McCall went on a losing streak and before he knew it, had no more money to play with. Hickok gave him some money so he could get something to eat and advised him not play again until he could cover his losses. Although McCall took the money, he was insulted.

Virgil Walter Earp Born July 18, 1843

Virgil Walter Earp

On July 18, 1843 Virgil Walter Earp the older brother Wyatt Earp was born in Hartford, Kentucky.

“Billy The Kid” Buried July 15, 1881

Billy The Kid Grave Fort Sumner

William H. Bonney was buried at the old Fort Sumner Cemetery next to his friends Tom O’Folliard and Charlie Bowdre. A wooden marker was placed on his grave and it simply read “Billy The Kid.” Due to the Pecos River flood of 1889, the old wooden marker was washed away or may have been stolen prior. The citizens of Lincoln County would eventually raise enough money to replace the wooden marker in 1932.


Billy The Kid Grave Fort Sumner

  Billy The Kid Grave Fort Sumner

“Billy The Kid” Dead! July 14, 1881

Billy the Kid's Tintype

After “Billy The Kid’s” escape from jail on April 28 1881, Gov. Lew Wallace re-issued a reward for his capture. Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett who had once captured Billy was set on

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“Buckskin” Frank Leslie Murders a Prostitute July 10, 1889

Buckskin Frank Leslie

On the night of July 10, 1889 Frank Leslie kills a prostitute named Mollie Williams also known at the Bird Cage Theater as “Blond Mollie”. After Leslie and his wife of seven years

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