Dodge City

Dodge City

Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West

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"Dodge City, Kansas, is a place of legend. The town that started as a small military site exploded with the coming of the railroad, cattle drives, eager miners, settlers, and various entrepreneurs passing through to populate the expanding West. Before long, Dodge City's streets were lined with saloons and brothels and its populace was thick with gunmen, horse thieves, and desperadoes of every sort. By the 1870s, Dodge City was known as the most violent and turbulent town in the West. Enter Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. Young and largely self-trained men, the lawmen led the effort that established frontier justice and the rule of law in the American West, and did it in the wickedest place in the United States. When they moved on, Wyatt to Tombstone and Bat to Colorado, a tamed Dodge was left in the hands of Jim Masterson. But before long Wyatt and Bat, each having had a lawman brother killed, returned to that threatened western Kansas town to team up to restore order again in what became known as the Dodge City War before riding off into the sunset. The true story of their friendship, romances, gunfights, and adventures, along with the remarkable cast of characters they encountered along the way (including Wild Bill Hickock, Jesse James, Doc Holliday, Buffalo Bill Cody, John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid, and Theodore Roosevelt) has gone largely untold-- lost in the haze of Hollywood films and western fiction, until now"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250071484
Branch Call Number: 978.176 CLA
Characteristics: xiii, 384 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jul 15, 2017

A terrific history of Dodge City’s golden decade (1872 – 1882). The histories of Wyatt and Bat are fascinating. These were not men to let the grass grow beneath them. The entire cast of characters that sailed through Dodge was amazing. Highly recommended.

Jun 14, 2017

If you're looking for a "shootem up western" this ain't it partner.
Whoa, back off!
What this is is a historical observation of the development of Dodge City (and other cities) and the figures that populated and shaped the areas history. The author has attempted to dispel all the gunslinger, shootout, and outlaw myths we saw on TV, the movies, and books
It is a bit rambling but a great read.
So put that 6 shooter away and grab your reading glasses.

Adios and good reading


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