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A Vast Amount Of Trouble

Author: John W. Davis
ISBN: 9780870813108
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A Vast Amount of Trouble is the first comprehensive study of the most important incident between sheepmen and cattlemen in Wyoming history. Although sheep raids in Wyoming had occurred for years, where men were killed and thousands of sheep slaughtered, no cowboy had ever been convicted of a crime associated with a sheep raid. The story begins in late March 1909, when five sheepmen headed east from Worland, Wyoming, driving 5,000 head of sheep. A few days later the men and their sheep camped on the banks of Spring Creek, where they thought they had safely brought the herd across the cattlemen's deadline, beyond which sheep were forbidden. That evening, however, the camp was raided by seven cowboys, and three of the sheepmen were brutally murdered. State v. Brink, the trial that followed what is now known as the Spring Creek Raid, was one of the great symbolic struggles in Wyoming history - the final focus of the decades-long battle between sheepmen and cattlemen. Before the trial ended, the governor of Wyoming became deeply involved as did the French ambassador to the United States. Big Horn County almost went broke, the militia was called out, and many people went through an experience that became the defining event of their lives. The convictions of Herbert Brink and four of the assailants marked the only time that cowboys in Wyoming were found guilty of raiding a sheep camp, but the convictions put an abrupt halt to the killing that had plagued Wyoming for years.

Big Trouble

Author: J. Anthony Lukas
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439128107
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Hailed as "toweringly important" (Baltimore Sun), "a work of scrupulous and significant reportage" (E. L. Doctorow), and "an unforgettable historical drama" (Chicago Sun-Times), Big Trouble brings to life the astonishing case that ultimately engaged President Theodore Roosevelt, Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and the politics and passions of an entire nation at century's turn. After Idaho's former governor is blown up by a bomb at his garden gate at Christmastime 1905, America's most celebrated detective, Pinkerton James McParland, takes over the investigation. His daringly executed plan to kidnap the radical union leader "Big Bill" Haywood from Colorado to stand trial in Idaho sets the stage for a memorable courtroom confrontation between the flamboyant prosecutor, progressive senator William Borah, and the young defender of the dispossessed, Clarence Darrow. Big Trouble captures the tumultuous first decade of the twentieth century, when capital and labor, particularly in the raw, acquisitive West, were pitted against each other in something close to class war. Lukas paints a vivid portrait of a time and place in which actress Ethel Barrymore, baseball phenom Walter Johnson, and editor William Allen White jostled with railroad magnate E. H. Harriman, socialist Eugene V. Debs, gunslinger Charlie Siringo, and Operative 21, the intrepid Pinkerton agent who infiltrated Darrow's defense team. This is a grand narrative of the United States as it charged, full of hope and trepidation, into the twentieth century.

On This Day In Wyoming History

Author: Patrick T. Holscher
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625846991
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Wyoming might be known as the least populous state, but this land of mountains and prairies is home to enough history to provide an entertaining footnote for each day of the year. On September 6, 1870, Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote, and on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the world's first National Park. JCPenney opened its doors in Kemmerer on April 14, 1902, while May 1, 1883, marks Buffalo Bill Cody's very first Wild West Show. Join Pat Holscher on a day-by-day look at some of the Equality State's most fascinating factoids.

Getting Away With Murder On The Texas Frontier

Author: Bill Neal
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
ISBN: 9780896725799
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"Longtime Texas prosecutor and defense attorney mines trial records and other primary sources to analyze murder trials from 1880 through WWI in West Texas and Oklahoma. Addresses not only legal and illegal ploys but also inherent pitfalls for a nascent cr

Goodbye Judge Lynch

Author: John W. Davis
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806137742
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Tells the fascinating story of how lawlessness finally came to an end in the Big Horn Basin of northern Wyoming--one of the last frontiers in the continental United States.