A refuge for outlaws at the close of the 1800s, the Arizona Territory was a wild, lawless land of greedy feuds, brutal killings and figures of enduring legend. These gunfighters included heroes as well as killers, and some were considered both. Bandit Pearl Hart committed one of the last recorded stagecoach robberies in the country, and James Addison Reavis pulled off the most extraordinary real estate scheme in the West. With fearless lawmen like C.P. Owens and George Ruffner at hand, swift justice was always nearby. In this collection, Arizona's official state historian and celebrated storyteller Marshall Trimble brings to life the rough-and-tumble characters from the Grand Canyon State's most terrific tales of outlawry and justice.
About the Author
Official state historian of Arizona, Marshall Trimble is an award-winning author, "cowboy philosopher," educator, lecturer, folk singer and stage performer. He taught local history for forty years at Scottsdale Community College and appears frequently on radio and television as the state's goodwill ambassador. His first book, "Arizona," was published in 1977 by Doubleday & Co. in New York, and since then he's written more than twenty books on Arizona and the West.
Table of Contents
1 Buckey O'Neill and the Train Robbers 11
2 Jim Roberts: The Pleasant Valley War's lop Gun 17
3 The Vanishing Train Robbers 36
4 Commodore Perry Owens: Bringing Law and Order to Apache County 39
5 Climax Jim: Arizona's Lady Go diva 62
6 Texas John Slaughter 67
7 George Ruffner: Sheriff of Old Yavapai 73
8 Burt Mossman: Captain of the Arizona Rangers 85
9 Pearl Hart: The Girl Bandit 99
10 Hucksters, Hustlers, Swindlers and Bamboozlers 104
11 Bad Boys of Cochise County 114
About the Author 141