Oct 09 2012
Even if according to historical accounts not all cowboys of old actually were gunslingers and they all had to participate in duels like everyday of their lives –there are still those bandits and lawmen who made a mark in history just because they are larger than life. It’s not only Hollywood that made them so famous but historians as well because the way these men lived their lives is just something that is just so different than the lives of the regular folk who kept to themselves.
It makes them into characters that you would really want to pay attention to if you lived in that era. Ben Thompson for example –a gambler, gunfighter and law enforcement officer during a certain part of his life is a famous historical figure during that time. Thompson started his career as a gunslinger at the age of 17.
Known as rather fast on the draw, Thompson became rather popular among his peers especially after he killed two men on the Christmas Eve of 1876 during a shootout.
Another notable figure during those times is Wyatt Earp who is a famous man of the law and an accomplished gunslinger according to many historical accounts. It is said in many a history books that outlaws were afraid of him. He later on served as a sheriff in Tombstone where he engaged in a very legendary gunfight. Earp also spent a lot of time with Doc Holliday who is interestingly a real doctor hence the nickname. They went on a vendetta ride to kill those men who murdered Wyatt Earp’s brother Virgil and his friend Morgan.
These stories are rather rare though even if they are the stories we commonly hear about from that era. However, the popularity of these men is undeniable not only during those times but even today.