Category Archives: Oklahoma

The Case of Tom Horn

Background Old West history books are filled with stories about large cattle ranches, the cattlemen that ran them, the long and dangerous trail drives that took months to complete, and the conflicts between cattle barons and small farmers and ranchers.  … Continue reading

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Uncle Jim

An account of lawman James Franklin Roberts One may recall from The Pleasant Valley War that the long-running feud (lasting nearly fifteen years) was anything but pleasant for the folks in Gila County, Arizona.  Right in the middle of this … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad, and the Incredibly Stupid

The Good William Halsell migrated to Texas from Alabama somewhere around 1870.  His wife Mary was of Cherokee ancestry.  In Texas, William ended up working for his brother-in-law, Dan Waggoner, on the Triple D Ranch.  With his brother Glenn, William … Continue reading

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The Hanging Judge

This fellow has been portrayed in several Hollywood films, two of the best by actors John McIntyre and Pat Hingle—although the character played by Hingle was entirely fictionalized in the film Hang ‘Em High.  But Judge Isaac C. Parker was … Continue reading

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