Why the West Was Wild: A Contemporary Look at the Antics of Some Highly Publicized Kansas Cowtown Personalities

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2003 M03 1 - 685 páginas

This deluxe anniversary volume is the first complete edition to appear in forty years.

“For about 51 weeks a year the average old-time cowboy could be classified as a hard working, fairly sober, and usually conscientious individual. During the 52nd week, however, he might erupt into a rip-snorting, free-spending hell raiser bent on divesting himself of his earnings in the quickest and most enjoyable manner possible. What caused this usually mild and law-abiding creature to undergo such a metamorphosis? He was celebrating--making up for the long and lonely weeks he had just spent on the trail drive from Texas. He was delighted with the thought that no more, for a few weeks at least, would he spend his nights trying to nurse edgy cattle into tranquility. . . . He was free now--unemployed, uninhibited, and rich--until tomorrow or next week! And waiting for the trail cowboy and his cash, almost rubbing its hands in anticipation, was the cowtown.”--from Why the West Was Wild

Nyle H. Miller and Joseph W. Snell’s Why the West Was Wild is the unabridged and unsurpassed collection of material assembled on the famous and infamous personalities of Kansas cowtowns, including legendary figures such as “Wild Bill” Hickok, Bat Masterson, and Doc Holliday, and such locales as Abilene, Wichita, Caldwell, and Dodge City. First published in the Kansas Historical Quarterly, these portraits are based on research in newspapers, legal records, letters, and diaries contemporary to these legendary figures.

 

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Ashland1886 and 1887
25
CaldwellSaloon interior 1880s
120
FLATT GEORGE W
163
GAINSFORD JAMES
171
HINKLE GEORGET
210
HOGUE EDWARD O
217
HORSEMAN WILLIAM N
232
HUNT J FRANK
242
MEAGHER MICHAEL
472
HaysA brawl that ended in death
481
MoRCO JoHN
506
SHORT LUKE L 519 119 353 354 355
519
SINGER FREDERICK 565 474
565
SMITH THOMAS JAMEs 576 474
576
SUGHRUE MICHAEL 588 476
588
TILGHMAN WILLIAM MATHEw JR 608 354 477608
608

JONES DANIEL WILLIAM
251
MCCARTY HARRY T
273
MASSEY PLEASANT H
282
MASTERSON EDward J 290 238
290
MASTERSON JAMES P 307 238
307
MASTERSON WILLIAM B 314 xiv 239 354 355
314
MATHER DAVE 449 240
449
Ellsworth1872
458
WHEELER BEN F 625 480
625
APPENDIXThe AllStar Cast Principals
641
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND CREDITS
649
Adams Franklin
651
M
662
Klaine Nicholas
668
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Nyle H. Miller is former Executive Director of the Kansas State Historical Society.

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