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Bat Materson -- "He never downed a man who didn't need it, and kept Dodge as steady as a church."

Bat Masterson, in this photo from was well known as a gunfighter, lawman, and friend to Wyatt Earp. After his gunplay days in the west, he moved back east and wrote for a New York newspaper. Read more about Masterson in Loyalty in Lawlessness.

Mysterious Dave' Mather, was both a lawman and gunfighter in the Old West. Little is known today of Mather's life; the gaps in his personal history and his taciturn personality may have been what earned him the sobriquet "Mysterious Dave." Historical records show that he was a lawman in Dodge City, Kansas, and Las Vegas, New Mexico, and was a frequent associate of Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp.

Mysterious Dave' Mather, was an American lawman and gunfighter in the American…

Wyatt Earp was born on March 19, 1848. He worked in the 1870s as a police officer in Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas, where he befriended the gunmen Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson. He later worked as a guard for Wells, Fargo & Company. By 1881 he had moved to Tombstone, Arizona, living as a gambler and a saloon guard. He died on January 13, 1929 in Los Angeles, California.

Wyatt Earp was born on March He worked in the as a police officer in Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas, guard for Wells, Fargo & Company. He died on January 1929 in Los Angeles, California.

Though his name isn't as widely known as that of Hickok, Billy The Kid or Doc Holliday, the greatest of all the old west gunfighters was Ben Thompson. Gunman, gambler, soldier on both sides of the border and Austin lawman, his life and death are the stuff of legend. "It is doubtful if in his time there was another man living who equalled him with a pistol in a life-and-death struggle" -Bat Masterson

Ben Thompson was a contemporary of "Buffalo" Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, John Wesley Hardin and "Wild Bill" Hickock, some of whom considere.

William Barclay "Bat" Masterson between 1880 and 1890

William Barclay "Bat" Masterson between 1880 and Deputy in Dodge City with Wyatt Earp

Steven Ogg as Bat Masterson on Murdoch Mysteries (Glory Days)

Steven Ogg as Bat Masterson on Murdoch Mysteries (Glory Days)

In 1877, Bat Masterson lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  He went on a five-week winning streak on the gambling tables, but he tired of the town and left when he ran into Wyatt Earp, who encouraged him to go to Dodge City, Kansas, where Bat’s brothers Jim and Ed were working in law enforcement. http://www.cheyenne.org

When New York City Tamed the Feared Gunslinger Bat Masterson

Bat Masterson 1879 Buffalo Hunter Lawman by MyVintagePhotos

Calamity Jane aka Martha Jane Cannary, American frontiersman and professional scout, was involved with Wild Bill Hickok 1852-1903

Calamity Jane aka Martha Jane Cannary, American frontierswoman and professional scout, was involved with Wild Bill Hickok

The Real Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday - gun history - American history. So great that they look so much like the Val Kilmer and Kurt Russel characters in Tombstone.

The Real Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday - gun history - American history. So great that they look so much like the Val Kilmer and Kurt Russel characters in Tombstone.

According to “The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette,” the first rule of guidance for the 1860s Victorian gentleman in matters of clothing is, "Let the dress suit the occasion." It is advised that it is just as absurd for a man to go into the street in the morning with his dress coat, white kid gloves, and dancing boots, as it is for a lady to promenade the fashionable streets in full evening dress.

This is a prime example of a mans suit of the before the morning suit came on to the seen.

Bat Masterson & Wyatt EarpAt the height of the cattle driving days, in 1876, two of the Old West’s most famous lawmen posed together in Dodge City, Kansas.– Courtesy Jeff Morey –

100 Best Historical Photos of the American West

Bat Masterson & Wyatt EarpAt the height of the cattle driving days, in two of the Old West’s most famous lawmen posed together in Dodge City, Kansas.

Martha Jane Canary (May 1, 1852 – August 1, 1903), better known as Calamity Jane, was an American frontierswoman, and professional scout best known for her claim of being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok, but also for having gained fame fighting Indians. She is said to have also exhibited kindness and compassion, especially to the sick and needy. This contrast helped to make her a famous frontier figure.

Calamity Jane aka Martha Jane Cannary, American frontierswoman and professional scout, was involved with Wild Bill Hickok

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