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Dodge City: The Early Years, 18721886 Hardcover – Oct 29 2009
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The stories are there regarding the buffalo hunters, their sad destruction of this animal for their hides, and their run in with the Indians. The depiction of that fight at Adobe Walls (which is actually south of Dodge City) is one of the best that I've read. There was no telling of the "buffalo wallow" fight though (the only time that a civilian won the Medal of Honor).
The stories are also there regarding the day of the cowboys with the shipment of steers from Dodge, and the gunfights that occurred in the town. I was actually surprised at how many gunfights there were in Dodge City. Of course, there were the well known ones: Bat Masterson's gunfight in the Plaza and the gunfight in the Long Branch between Cock-Eyed Frank Loving and Levi Richardson (interesting names, huh?). But the lesser known gunfights including those between Mysterious Dave Mather a couple of individuals in separate instances and the gunfight between Marshall Tilghman and a party of drovers at the Arkansas bridge, and many others are also shared. During the late 1870s and early 1880s, Dodge City was a wild and woolly town with a number of gunfights and murders and dozens of saloons.
There are also stories of the politics and attempts to reform the town which ultimately occurred when the cattle trade essentially stopped in 1886. Also, Bat Masterson is mentioned in this book many times in each chapter. Obviously, besides being the sheriff of the county that Dodge City was located in, he was a key individual in the history of the town.
There are many other individuals who are mentioned as key to the creation and development of the town. So many, in fact, that I couldn't keep up with them.
Again, this book is for the western interested reader and not for the casual reader who may find this somewhat boring.
Long Branch saloon buffs take heart! this one is for you.
of the Wild West experience. No other publication to date offers the detailed descriptions that can be gleaned from his book about the West's most legendary cow-town.
If anyone is interested in seeing what the western cowtowns were really like...start here.