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At that, John Keener, thirty feet distant, stood up from behind an old tree stump on the right side of the road, his shotgun at full cock. “I saw a man rise up out of the tall grass and weeds,” Hendricks said later.

Author: John Boessenecker

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

ISBN: 9781250184900

Category: History

Page: 320

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The true stories of the Wild West heroes who guarded the iconic Wells Fargo stagecoaches and trains, battling colorful thieves, vicious highwaymen, and robbers armed with explosives. The phrase "riding shotgun" was no teenage game to the men who guarded stagecoaches and trains the Western frontier. Armed with sawed-off, double-barreled shotguns and an occasional revolver, these express messengers guarded valuable cargo through lawless terrain. They were tough, fighting men who risked their lives every time they climbed into the front boot of a Concord coach. Boessenecker introduces soon-to-be iconic personalities like "Chips" Hodgkins, an express rider known for his white mule and his ability to outrace his competitors, and Henry Johnson, the first Wells Fargo detective. Their lives weren't just one shootout after another—their encounters with desperadoes were won just as often with quick wits and memorized-by-heart knowledge of the land. The highway robbers also get their due. It wouldn't be a book about the Wild West without Black Bart, the most infamous stagecoach robber of all time, and Butch Cassidy's gang, America's most legendary train robbers. Through the Gold Rush and the early days of delivery with horses and saddlebags, to the heyday of stagecoaches and huge shipments of gold, and finally the rise of the railroad and the robbers who concocted unheard-of schemes to loot trains, Wells Fargo always had courageous men to protect its treasure. Their unforgettable bravery and ingenuity make this book a thrilling read.
2018-10-30 By John Boessenecker

As the western historian John Boessenecker, author of Shotguns and Stagecoaches, writes, Wells, Fargo & Co. ... had previously cofounded American Express—and William Fargo were the founders of the freight-hauling and stagecoach line.

Author: Tom Clavin

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250214591

Category: History

Page: 281

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THE INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER "Tombstone is written in a distinctly American voice." —T.J. Stiles, The New York Times “With a former newsman’s nose for the truth, Clavin has sifted the facts, myths, and lies to produce what might be as accurate an account as we will ever get of the old West’s most famous feud.” —Associated Press The true story of the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday, and the famous Battle at the OK Corral, by the New York Times bestselling author of Dodge City and Wild Bill. On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, eight men clashed in what would be known as the most famous shootout in American frontier history. Thirty bullets were exchanged in thirty seconds, killing three men and wounding three others. The fight sprang forth from a tense, hot summer. Cattle rustlers had been terrorizing the back country of Mexico and selling the livestock they stole to corrupt ranchers. The Mexican government built forts along the border to try to thwart American outlaws, while Arizona citizens became increasingly agitated. Rustlers, who became known as the cow-boys, began to kill each other as well as innocent citizens. That October, tensions boiled over with Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury, and Billy Claiborne confronting the Tombstone marshal, Virgil Earp, and the suddenly deputized Wyatt and Morgan Earp and shotgun-toting Doc Holliday. Bestselling author Tom Clavin peers behind decades of legend surrounding the story of Tombstone to reveal the true story of the drama and violence that made it famous. Tombstone also digs deep into the vendetta ride that followed the tragic gunfight, when Wyatt and Warren Earp and Holliday went vigilante to track down the likes of Johnny Ringo, Curly Bill Brocius, and other cowboys who had cowardly gunned down his brothers. That "vendetta ride" would make the myth of Wyatt Earp complete and punctuate the struggle for power in the American frontier's last boom town.
2020-04-21 By Tom Clavin

The expression “riding shotgun” means sitting in the front passenger seat of a car or other vehicle. It is commonly thought that the origin of the expression is from the days of the stagecoach. On stagecoaches, an armed man would often ...

Author: Andrew Thompson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781612435077

Category: Reference

Page: 226

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The bestselling author of Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red share more than 150 baffling, bizarre, and enlightening facts in the fun trivia collection. This curious, captivating collection of trivia will surprise and intrigue readers with amazing answers to questions like: • Is Jurassic Park possible? • What causes “the shakes” after drinking a lot of alcohol? • Why do dogs walk in circles before lying down? • What makes popcorn pop? The follow-up to the bestselling What Did We Use Before Toilet Paper?, Can Holding in a Fart Kill You? has even more fun and fascinating trivia. Perfect for the ever-curious trivia lover, this book is the ultimate in truly extraordinary information. From silly to serious to outright bizarre, this expansive collection offers surprising answers and unexpected facts on everything from history and science to pop culture and nature. From the everyday to the fantastical—it's all here. “A very handy book that could honestly, save their life—or just answer all those questions they’re maybe too embarrassed to even google.” —Buzzfeed
2015-06-23 By Andrew Thompson

A Comprehensive, Fully Illustrated Reference for Modern Shotguns with Current Market Values Robert A. Sadowski ... carried by guards riding shotgun on 19th-century stagecoaches, the 12 ga. version originally was called the Coach Gun.

Author: Robert A. Sadowski

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781634509657

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 655

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Everything you need to know to buy, sell, and collect shotguns.Gun Trader’s Guide is the bestselling collectible firearms reference, having sold over two million copies in thirty-six editions. The guide includes prices for all types of firearms, but what if you are only interested in buying, selling, and collecting shotguns? Then Gun Trader’s Guide to Shotguns is the book for you! Featuring all your favorite shotguns from the original Gun Trader’s Guide, plus hundreds more, this is the only reference you'll ever need.Veteran editor and firearms enthusiast Robert A. Sadowski has compiled and cataloged discontinued and collectible shotguns from your favorite manufacturers. Complete with specs and price gradients based on the condition of the shotgun, collecting and selling your firearms will be easier than ever. Sadowski also provides valuable tips on how to use the guide, as well as articles on various collectible shotguns and the art of shotgun trading. Also step behind the scenes to learn what dealers are looking for, what they want in your shotgun, and what's required to become a dealer, which should help you when buying, trading, or selling your shotguns. Whether you are a first-time shotgun owner or a longtime shotgun enthusiast, Gun Trader’s Guide to Shotguns is an invaluable tool to read before stepping foot in the dealer's store or attending a gun show.Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for hunters and firearms enthusiasts. We publish books about shotguns, rifles, handguns, target shooting, gun collecting, self-defense, archery, ammunition, knives, gunsmithing, gun repair, and wilderness survival. We publish books on deer hunting, big game hunting, small game hunting, wing shooting, turkey hunting, deer stands, duck blinds, bowhunting, wing shooting, hunting dogs, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
2015-10-27 By Robert A. Sadowski

With firepower thus increased, they continue, ... the shotgun was the weapon of choice among pony express riders and stagecoach guards – indeed, in the late 1880s and early 1890s, an express messenger was called a “shotgun messenger”.

Author: Joseph M. Nixon B. A. Ph. D.

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781546268062

Category: History

Page: 276

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As a part of three series of essays, A Line in the Sand: Volume II, Dusty Trails to Shiny Rails examines the rise and decline of stagecoaching as an industry in the Frontier West. The first volume, Ancient Footsteps, considers very early (6,600 years ago) development of a series of footpaths describing transportation networks in place long before the arrival of Euro American settlers, leading to the precursors of stagecoach trails appropriated and adapted by Spanish, Mexican, and later American (US) governments. The third volume, Where the Dust Settles, focuses on the use of adobe as an architectural medium along early stagecoach routes. In aggregate, the three volumes consider the rise and efflorescence of transportation systems crossing the desert culminating with the advent of the modern interstate highway system in place today.

Black Bart would come upon a stage with his shotgun; his face covered to protect his identity, and tell the stagecoach drivers to throw down the treasure box.” Katie interrupted. “Mr. McAllister... those treasure boxes must have been ...

Author: David C. Reyes

Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.

ISBN: 9781622875894

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 360

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The Case of the Missing Mascot - Entering their first year in high school, Jess & Katie will encounter the many challenges that you might expect. However, what they didn't expect, was some unexpected flirting--with each other! In the midst of another investigation, will this innocent flirting distract them from their investigation? Or will they set those feelings aside to solve the case of the missing mascot? The Haunted House: Quest for the Hidden Treasure! - Jess & Katie are looking forward to a fun-filled summer when an unexpected visitor leads them on an investigation of a haunted house. As they search for clues both past and present, will their investigation lead them to solving the mystery? Or will they find that their quest has just begun?
2014-04-07 By David C. Reyes

He stated that the person he purchased it from claimed Wells Fargo used it to guard its stagecoaches. The only documented Wells Fargo shotguns were made prior to 1915 by the Ithaca Gun Company. Other than these—and there were only about ...

Author: John M. Taylor

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781510700963

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 256

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In Fine Shotguns, expert John M. Taylor offers a global view of shotguns using photographs and descriptions of guns from the United States, Britain, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, and Italy. Here are all types of shotguns: single barrel, double barrel, combination guns, hammer shotguns, paired shotguns, special-use guns, small-bore shotguns, shotgun stocks or shotguns with metal finishes, and bespoke shotguns. This all encompassing guide includes sections on how to care for and storage your weapon, what accessories are available for your model, and how to choose the perfect traveling case. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
2015-10-20 By John M. Taylor

store clerks who had tried to fight back, a rancher who had done likewise rather than stand by and do nothing while his wife and teenage daughter were molested, and the shotgun guard on one of the stagecoaches.

Author: William W. Johnstone

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 9780786044139

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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The all-time masters of the classic Western cordially invite you to another trip down the aisle with America’s mail order brides—and the foolhardy men who thought they could tame them. . . . JOHNSTONE & GUNS. ’TIL DEATH DO THEY PART. Wedding bells are ringing. Let the gunslinging begin! Bo Creel and Scratch Morton are mighty proud. They managed to deliver five mail-order brides to the New Mexico mining town of Silverhill in one piece. The town is so grateful, they want to make Bo their marshal and Scratch his deputy. Bo and Scratch are happy to accept the job—and even happier to attend the weddings of the fine young women they brought here. . . . Cecelia has two young suitors—a well-off rancher and a low-born miner—but but one of them is not what he seems. Tomboyish Rose has gotten herself roped into a cow-rustling scheme—with the wild young buck who’s stolen her heart. Luella has a not-so-secret admirerer of her own, a former journalist who’s making headlines—with a gang of Mexican bandits. And the refined Jean Parker thinks she’s finally found a suitable match in this raucous boomtown. But it turns out her educated doctor has a dishonorary degree—in killing. With marriage prospects like these, Bo and Scratch will have to fight tooth and nail to keep the ladies safe and sound—and a real shotgun wedding is about to begin. Live Free. Read Hard.
2020-12-01 By William W. Johnstone

Because these guards carried sawed-off shotguns, they soon became known as shotgun messengers. These messengers did not guard stagecoaches; they guarded Wells Fargo's express boxes. Most stagecoaches did not carry messengers; ...

Author: John Boessenecker

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806187747

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 504

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One of the great lawmen of the Old West, Bob Paul (1830–1901) cast a giant shadow across the frontiers of California and Arizona Territory for nearly fifty years. Today he is remembered mainly for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and his involvement in the stirring events surrounding the famous 1881 gunfight near the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. This long-overdue biography fills crucial gaps in Paul’s story and recounts a life of almost constant adventure. As told by veteran western historian John Boessenecker, this story is more than just a western shoot-’em-up, and it reveals Paul to be far more than a blood-and-thunder gunfighter. Beginning with Paul’s boyhood adventures as a whaler in the South Pacific, the author traces his journey to Gold Rush California, where he served respectively as constable, deputy sheriff, and sheriff in Calaveras County, and as Wells Fargo shotgun messenger and detective. Then, in the turbulent 1880s, Paul became sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, and a railroad detective for the Southern Pacific. In 1890 President Benjamin Harrison appointed him U.S. marshal of Arizona Territory. Transcending local history, Paul’s story provides an inside look into the rough-and-tumble world of frontier politics, electoral corruption, Mexican-U.S. relations, border security, vigilantism, and western justice. Moreover, issues that were important in Paul’s career—illegal immigration, smuggling on the Mexican border, youth gangs, racial discrimination, ethnic violence, and police-minority relations—are as relevant today as they were during his lifetime.
2012-09-28 By John Boessenecker

Mary agrees with a nod of her head, then, lays her shotgun against the stagecoach wheel hub. Agent Harris hands Mary her bag. She opens the bag and takes out several hands full of shotgun shells, putting them in ...

Author: Erich Martin Hicks

Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.

ISBN: 9781506901022

Category: Fiction

Page: 198

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This is the story of Mary Fields, 'Stagecoach Mary', who got her nickname at the turn of the 20th Century. She earned this nickname by working for the United States Postal System delivering the United States Mail through adverse conditions that would have discouraged the most hardened frontiersmen of that period. All by herself, she never missed a day for 8 years, carrying the U. S. Mail and other important documents that helped settle the wild open territory of central west Montana. Mary had no fear of man, nor beast, and this sometimes got her into trouble. She delivered the mail regardless of the heat of the day, cold of night, wind, rain, sleet, snow, blizzards, Indians and Outlaws. Mary was 6 feet tall, and weighed over 200 pounds, and even with 'those' extraordinary extremes, there were two more facts that made 'her' history. Mary was the second woman in 'history' to carry the U. S. Mail, however, even that was a matter of simplicity, for a fact, she was a Negro Woman, and the only 'Negro', for hundreds and hundreds of miles when she first arrived in Montana. This feature story covers Mary's colorful life, from the plantation where she was born a slave in 1832, to the famous Steamboat race between the "Robert E. Lee" and the "Natchez" on the Mississippi River, to her death in Cascade, Montana, 1914. Stagecoach Mary was a cigar smoking, shotgun and pistol toting Negro Woman, who even frequented saloons drinking whiskey with the men, a privilege only given to 'her', as a woman. However, not even this fact, sealed the credentials given to her, her credentials boasted that, 'she could knock out any man with one punch', who stepped upon her womanhood, a claim she proved true. keywords: Mary Fields, Mail, African American, Black History, Montana, Stagecoach, Outlaws, Cowboys, Postal System, Historical, 1914, 1832
2016-03-14 By Erich Martin Hicks