Dodge City: Queen of Cowtowns

Dodge City: Queen of Cowtowns

by Stanley Vestal
     
 
In Dodge City a man might break all ten commandments in one night, die with his boots on, and be buried on Boot Hill in the morning. In the 1870s and 1880s the town was known as the wickedest in the American West. But gunmen, horse thieves, and desperadoes of every sort finally lost their bloody battle with vigilantes, troopers, railroad men, and heroic peace

Overview

In Dodge City a man might break all ten commandments in one night, die with his boots on, and be buried on Boot Hill in the morning. In the 1870s and 1880s the town was known as the wickedest in the American West. But gunmen, horse thieves, and desperadoes of every sort finally lost their bloody battle with vigilantes, troopers, railroad men, and heroic peace officers. Dodge City was as remarkable for the lawmen—Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Bill Tilgham—as for the killers they finally tamed.

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Library Journal
Vestal here presents the facts and fiction about this legendary Wild West city. Originally published in 1952, the volume introduces us to the white hats and black hats who won the town a permanent place in U.S. history. The text is buttressed with photos and a bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803296176
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Pages:
285
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Vestal’s books about the West include Jim Bridger: Mountain Man, The Old Santa Fe Trail, and The Missouri, all available in Bison Books editions. Introducer Jim Hoy is a professor of English at Emporia State University and author of Cowboys and Kansas: Stories from the Tallgrass Prairie.

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