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“Gatlin was one of the breed then prevalent on the West Texas plains who would kill a man to check whether the gun was loaded.”Here, for the first time, is the true, detailed, down-and-dirty story of Tascosa: here at last are the facts that connect the stories of the “beef bonanza,” Pat Garretts “Home Rangers,” the 1883 Cowboy Strike and the relentless, undeclared war that ensued between the corporation ranchers—Charlie Goodnight, “Alphabet” Lee, Al Boyce of the XIT and the rest of them—and the tough, dangerous fraternity of rustlers manipulated by Tascosa town boss Jesse Jenkins, a thirty year conflict that precipitated as gory a procession of violence and death as any frontier town ever witnessed. As well as being the center of ranching activity in the Panhandle, Tascosa also became the last best hiding place in Texas for killers on the run, horse thieves, tinhorn gamblers, hair-trigger shootists or anyone else with a past he wanted to get away from. Billy the Kid, “Poker Tom” Emory, Bill Gatlin, Jim Kenedy, and Louis “The Animal” Bousman were just a few of the outlaws and desperadoes who vied for dominance with Cape Willingham, Cap Arrington, Jim East, and other lawmen in an ongoing war of attrition that made sudden death a routine occurrence on the towns dusty street. A lot of bad men made fortunes and a lot of good men lost them as Tascosa went from boom to bust, from frontier Babylon to forgotten ghost town, in just a few short gaudy decades. Bypassed by the railroad, its body fenced in and its heart torn out, the community dried up and blew away. Today, Tascosa is a ghost town; its name all but disappeared from maps of Texas. Gone, but not forgotten: in Tascosa Frederick Nolan has dug up the rip-roaring history of one of the most violent outlaw towns of the Old West.

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The author of The Wild West: History, Myth, and the Making of America relates the lively (and deadly) history of Tascosa, once known as the "cowboy capital of the Texas panhandle" and "the hardest place on the frontier." Rendered a ghost town when the railroad bypassed it, Tascosa once harbored outlaws including Billy the Kid, and was the site of the 1883 Cowboy Strike and an extended war between corporate ranchers. As shown in the illustrations, the town wasn't much even in its heyday. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Here, for the first time, is the true, detailed, down-and-dirty story of Tascosa, the “cowboy capital of the Texas Panhandle” and “the hardest place on the frontier.” Here at last are the facts that connect the stories of the “beef bonanza,” Pat Garretts “Home Rangers,” the 1883 Cowboy Strike and the relentless, undeclared war that ensued between the corporation ranchers—Charlie Goodnight, “Alphabet” Lee, Al Boyce of the XIT and the rest of them—and the tough, dangerous fraternity of rustlers manipulated by Tascosa town boss Jesse Jenkins, a thirty year conflict that precipitated as gory a procession of violence and death as any frontier town ever witnessed.

About the Author

Frederick Nolan is the author of The West of Billy the Kid, The Wild West: History, Myth and the Making of America, and many other works of fiction and nonfiction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780896726048
Author:
Nolan, Frederick W.
Publisher:
Texas Tech University Press
Author:
Nolan, Frederick W.
Author:
Nolan, Frederick
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Ranch life
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Tascosa (Tex.)
Subject:
Tascosa (Tex.) - Social life and customs
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
10.24x7.30x1.15 in. 1.90 lbs.

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Here, for the first time, is the true, detailed, down-and-dirty story of Tascosa, the “cowboy capital of the Texas Panhandle” and “the hardest place on the frontier.” Here at last are the facts that connect the stories of the “beef bonanza,” Pat Garretts “Home Rangers,” the 1883 Cowboy Strike and the relentless, undeclared war that ensued between the corporation ranchers—Charlie Goodnight, “Alphabet” Lee, Al Boyce of the XIT and the rest of them—and the tough, dangerous fraternity of rustlers manipulated by Tascosa town boss Jesse Jenkins, a thirty year conflict that precipitated as gory a procession of violence and death as any frontier town ever witnessed.
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