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Lawmen & Gunfighters

The wild and lawless period in the West lasted for about 70 years, with the first shooting incident by a person who could be considered a professional gunman taking place in Texas in 1854.

The gunfighter era was an outgrowth of the Civil War. With many men without opportunities for jobs, their homes and lands in ruins, family members killed or missing, and few skills, with the exception of gun handling, they headed westward in search of new lives. And then, the question of what to do once they got there. Some hunted for gold; some, who had the means, started businesses, others became cowboys, and those with sharp gun handling skills became gunfighters.

Living in the American West was not easy at that time. There were no laws, no courts, and little or no government, and because of this, it easily lured numerous criminals, some of who were escaping punishment for other crimes, some who wanted to take advantage of its having no laws, and probably a few who wanted to start over.
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Restored vintage photos of lawmen and gunfighters of the Old West. Includes famous characters such as Wild Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson, WyattEarp, Doc Holliday, and more.

Alan Pinkerton, detective, 1867

Alan Pinkerton, detective, 1867

Allan Pinkerton, detective, 1862

Allan Pinkerton, detective, 1862

Arizona Rangers, 1903

Arizona Rangers, 1903

Bass Reeves, U.S. Deputy Marshal

Bass Reeves, U.S. Deputy Marshal

Bat Masterson - Later Life

Bat Masterson - Later Life

Bat Masterson, lawman - 1879

Bat Masterson, lawman - 1879

Ben Thompson, lawman

Ben Thompson, lawman

Ben Thompson, lawman, standing

Ben Thompson, lawman, standing

Ben Thompson, Texas lawman

Ben Thompson, Texas lawman

Bigfoot Wallace, Texas Ranger

Bigfoot Wallace, Texas Ranger

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1858

Bill Hickok,  lawman & gunfighter, 1858

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter painting

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter painting

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1863

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1863

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1867

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1867

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1871

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, 1871

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, standing in buckskins

Bill Hickok, lawman & gunfighter, standing in buckskins

Bill Hickok, lawman and gunfighter

Bill Hickok, lawman and gunfighter

Guestbook for Lawmen & Gunfighters
5.HAROLD CAMPBELL MCLEAN(non-registered)
I can smell and hear the unique sound of a,Samuel Colt, Burning from these photos ,
Would have been a great time to make a fortune, With the help of your 1862 Navy Colts,
Hooray For Dixie!
3.paddy malone(non-registered)
wild dog malone
2.Gordon Arch(non-registered)
A really great collection..... wonderful images
1.Nelda Veitch(non-registered)
Looking for photo of Roscoe Redus, Texas Ranger.