Texas Gunslingers (Images of America Series)

Texas Gunslingers (Images of America Series)

by Bill O'Neal


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Images of America: Texas Gunslingers presents the concept of Texas as the Gunfighter Capital of the West. Indeed, after the cowboy—a Texas creation—the most colorful and romanticized frontier figure is the gunfighter. Nothing is more dramatic than life and death conflict, and the image of men in big hats and boots brandishing six-shooters and Winchesters has been portrayed in countless Western novels, movies, and television shows. Texas made an enormous contribution to gunfighter lore. Texas Rangers were responsible for the evolution of Sam Colt’s revolving pistol, key weapon of gunfighters. More shoot-outs occurred in Texas than in any other state or territory. More gunfighters were from Texas, including kill-crazy Wes Hardin and Killin’ Jim Miller, the West’s premier assassin. There were more blood feuds in Texas than in any other state. Frequently, gunplay erupted in towns such as Tascosa, El Paso, Fort Worth, and Lampasas, where four lawmen were killed in an 1873 saloon battle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467132718
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 12/08/2014
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 779,334
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bill O’Neal is the state historian of Texas. He taught for four decades at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, and he is the author of more than 40 books, including five Arcadia titles. In 2012, the Wild West Historical Association presented O’Neal its lifetime achievement award, and in 2007, he was selected as True West magazine’s Best Living Nonfiction Writer.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 The Cradle of Old West Gunfighting 9

2 The Deadliest Trio 19

3 Gun-fighter Gallery 29

4 Texas Rangers 51

5 Blood Feuds 69

6 Gunfighter Towns 87

7 End of the Trail 109

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