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Tombstone By Tombstone

Here Lies the Old West

Volume One

Within this site you will find links to stories of the real Old West...THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE UGLY. These are interesting stories of folks that you may or may not have heard of previously. Elmer McCurdy was killed by a posse and then spent 66 years touring the country before he was buried. Three ladies were kidnapped by Indians; one made a harrowing escape; one was killed and mutilated; one died of a broken heart when she was rescued and prevented from returning to her adopted tribe. "Big Nose" Kate set a town on fire to help her man escape the law. One young sheepherder was murdered by two brothers and ended up buried next to one of them. Deputy Elfego Baca had as many as 4000 rounds fired at him by 100 cowboys and was unharmed, not so the cowboys. Montana vigilantes hanged five men at the same time from a rafter in a drug store. Thornburgh, the Wonder Dog, was far more than just the pet of Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Alfred Packer may or may not have murdered the rest of his party, but he did eat them. These are a few of the fascinating stories you will find inside this book. A selection of these stories is available through the links to whet your appetite for the book.

Volume Two very closely follows the format established in Volume One of Tombstone By Tombstone: Here Lies the Old West, with one major exception. Volume One had 75 stories within just about the same number of pages as Volume Two while this volume only contains 46. So the stories are more in-depth, and I do believe more interesting. Once again we have some of the famous, infamous and some that certainly are not household names. There are stories on two of Wyatt Earp’s brothers, but not on Wyatt. He does get frequent mention as there is a story about a fellow who rode with him and a fellow who did not. The ladies get good coverage again this time. There are five women of the Old West and only one of them could be considered a “Lady of the Evening,” and after she quit running with the Wild Bunch she seems to have given up that life. There is a story of a western Indian who was sent east and an eastern Indian who was sent west. And there is a story about the boy that Geronimo missed when he attacked and destroyed the other members of his family. And because he missed, the boy celebrated his 107th birthday. There is a story about one very bad Indian outlaw and one Indian that rode with Geronimo and wrote his own autobiography. Did you know there was a fellow that fought the Yankees in the War of Northern Aggression and after the war was over received a Medal of Honor fighting with the US Army? Were you aware that one Medal of Honor recipient shot and killed another MOH recipient? Everyone knows who James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok is, but other than Old West buffs, how many know the name Davis Tutt? Some may be surprised to learn that the Gunfight Close to the OK Corral was not the bloodiest in Arizona history and the bloodiest didn’t happen until after the beginning of WWI, and that was still the Wild West here in Arizona. There are four of the meanest killers that ever roamed the southwest and some of the best lawmen ever assigned to catch them. Blacks, whites, Indians, Mexicans, outlaws, in-laws, ladies and whores, they are all covered here and everybody will find something that they did not know before reading these stories.

Maverick Magazine

Show Low, Arizona


In 2009, Amie Rodgers, the publisher of this White Mountain Maverick Magazine, asked if I would write a monthly article. I agreed and the popularity of the articles led to my first book. These articles are all related to historical men and women with an Arizona connection. You will find stories about brothers, husbands and wives, soldiers, Indians and Indian agents, noted lawmen, Arizona Rangers and outlaws. These stories are available for everyone to read through links located elsewhere on the website. Occasionally the story is about a place or an event rather than a person. Sometimes a character is too recent to be considered Old West, but interesting enough to merit inclusion. Since there is a new story every month, you will have to keep coming back.

Civil War Stories


Recently I have taken on a project to write a Civil War story each month. Don’t be surprised if these stories take on a Confederate bent. I have three great grandfathers that fought in the War for Southern Independence and I am a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1708 in the East Valley in the Phoenix area. I am not fighting the war all over again and I intend only to provide interesting stories about participants and events. These stories are available through links and if you are offended, please read only the stories of the Old West and Arizona. A new story will be added each month.