Legends of America

Follow the links to the various pages of Legends of America

The Old West Legends of America Outhouse Madness Ghostly Legends Outlaws Old West Saloons Rocky Mountain General Store Legends Photo Store The Book Store Make your travel reservations here! Route 66 Native Americans The Old States - Back East

Legends of America    |    Legends General Store    |    Legends Photo Shop

 

Legends Of America's Facebook PageLegends Of America's Twitter PageLegends on Pinterest

Legends Home

Site Map

What's New!!

 

Content Categories:

American History

Destinations-States

Ghost Stories

Ghost Towns

Historic People

Legends & Myths

Native Americans

Old West

Photo Galleries

Route 66

Travel Center

Treasure Tales

 

   Search Our Sites

Custom Search

Google

 

About Us

Advertising

Article/Photo Use

Copyright Information

Blog

Facebook Page

Guestbook

Links

Newsletter

Privacy Policy

Site Map

Writing Credits

 

We welcome corrections

and feedback!

Contact Us

 

Legends' General Store


Old West/Western

Route 66

Native American

Featured Items

Sale Items

Books/Magazines

CD's - DVD's

Nuwati Herbals

Personalized-Engraved
Postcards

Wall Art

Custom Products

and Much More!

 

  Legends Of America's Rocky Mountain General Store - Cart View

 

Legends' Photo Prints

Legends Photo Prints and Downloads
 

Ghost Town Prints

Native American Prints

Old West Prints

Route 66 Prints

States, Cities & Places

Nostalgic Prints

Photo Art Prints

Jim Hinckley's America

David Fisk (Lens of Fisk)

Specials-Gift Ideas

and Much More!!
 

Legends Of America's Photo Print Shop - Cart View

 

Family Friendly Site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old West Legends IconOLD WEST LEGENDS

Old West Feuds & Range Wars

Bookmark and Share

 

Range War Movie PosterIf the Old West wasn't filled with violence enough -- stemming from Indian raids, numerous outlaws, and the ever-present vigilantes trying to control them, then another common event was the frequent feuds, range wars, and political conflicts that created yet more bloodshed in the Wild West.

The violence created in these many battles often occurred where there was no law or the law was too "weak" to enforce any type of change. Similar to the vigilantes, those who felt they were unduly wronged, were prone to take the law into their own hands.

Sometimes these feuds were the result of long-running arguments between two groups of people, especially families or clans, and perhaps may have started decades earlier over the smallest insult. One thing leads to another until cycles of retaliation can last for generations.

 

However, the vast majority of the well-known feuds in the American West were the result of political confrontations or land control. For those involved, their actions were rarely seen as lawless, but rather a means to bringing some kind of "law" to an area where chaos tended to prevail.

 

Regardless of the reasons, these "wars" resulted in hundreds of deaths, when vengeance was taken and bloody vendettas resulted in warring factions continuing to battle, sometimes for years.

 

 

Colfax County War (1870-1877) - Guns roared for almost two decades after Lucien Maxwell sold the largest land grant in U.S. history, located in northeast New Mexico.

Denver City Hall War (1894) - At this time the city of Denver was so politically corrupt that Governor Davis Waite ordered several  reappointments. However, city officials refused to vacate their positions and Waite called in the militia.

Dodge City War (1883) - Though this "war" was bloodless, it was just inches away from an all out gunfight when Dodge City, Kansas businessmen tried to push Luke Short out of town and he called on his buddies, Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson.

Early-Hasley Feud (1865-1869) - A family feud in Bell County, Texas that became more embittered after the Civil War.

Earp Vendetta Ride (1882) - After the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in October, 1881, and Morgan Earp's murder on March 18, 1882, Wyatt and Warren Earp, along with Doc Holliday, "Turkey Creek" Jack Johnson and Sherman McMasters would go on the Earp Vendetta Ride killing those responsible for Morgan's death.

El Paso Salt War (1877)  - A feud that occurred over the salt flats of the Guadalupe Mountains that culminated in a bloody battle in the small town of San Elizario.
 

 

 

Horrell-Higgins Feud (1877) - This family feud grew out of accusations of cattle theft in Lampasas County, Texas.

Horrell War (1873-74) - After a friend of the hell-raising Horrell brothers killed a Hispanic constable in Lincoln County, New Mexico, lawmen killed Benjamin Horrell. The other brothers retaliated by killing some 13 Hispanic citizens during the course of the feud.

Jaybird-Woodpecker War (1888-1890) - A political war in Fort Bend County, Texas over control of the county.

 

Johnson County War (1892)- Sometimes called the War on Powder River, this feud came to a head in 1892 as cattle barons and small ranchers battled it out for land and water rights in Wyoming.

Kansas-Missouri Border War (1854-1865) - Beginning seven years prior to the Civil War, this bloody conflict was fought over whether Kansas would be a free state or a slave state and continued on throughout the Civil War.

Lee-Peacock Feud (1867-1871) - One of the best known of all the feuds in Texas, the Lee-Peacock Feud in northeast Texas following the Civil War, this was not simply a dispute between families, but a continuation of the Civil War, lasting four bloody years after the rest of the nation had laid down their arms.

Lincoln County War (1876-1878) - A war between two rival factions attempting to control the economics of Lincoln County, New Mexico.

Mason County War, aka: Hoodoo War (1874-1876) - A battle between rival German immigrants and native Texans which occurred when large numbers of cattle began to be killed or go missing.

Pleasant Valley War, aka: Tonto Range War (1886-1892) - Range war between the cattle-herding Grahams and the sheep-herding Tewksburys in the Pleasant Valley of Arizona.

Slicker War of Benton County, Missouri (1840-1842) - In the old fashioned tradition of a Hatfield and McCoy type feud, was the "Slicker War” of Benton and Polk Counties in the 1840s.

The Stevens County War (1888) - Two small towns in southwest Kansas fought a bloody war over the county seat, leaving in its wake a number of corpses.

Sutton-Taylor Feud (1868-1875) - This family feud, that grew out of the bad times following the Civil War, occurred in DeWitt County, Texas and was was one of the longest and bloodiest in the state.

Texas Regulator-Moderator War (1839-1844) – The first major feud to break out in Texas was born during Texas’ days as a republic. For years, a strip of land in East Texas that bordered Louisiana and Mexico had been ignored by Spanish, Mexican and Texas authorities. By the time Texas became a republic, the swatch of land had developed into a lawless place where land frauds, cattle rustlers, and killings were common.

 

Tutt-Everett War (1844-1850) - A political dispute in Marion County, Arkansas that escalated to violence over the years.

 

 

Also See: Frontier Wars by Emerson Hough

 

 

From Legends' General Store

Old West DVD's - A vast and mysterious place during the days of Westward Expansion, the Wild West if filled with tales of lawmen, outlaws, cowboys, and adventure! Check out these DVD special presentations. From Ghost Towns, to Lawmen & Outlaws, Railroads across America, Native Americans, and more, these documentary style DVD's are sure to thrill every Old West enthusiast. Made in the USA.

 

The Great Indian Wars: 1540 to 1890

Great Indian Wars

$9.95   Buy Product

Frontier Forts in the United States

Frontier Forts

  $17.95   Buy Product

Railroads Across America, 2 Disk DVD's

Railroads Across America

  $9.95   Buy Product

The American West - 32 Hour Documentary, 8 Disks

The American West 32 hr documentary

  $29.95   Buy Product

  Ghost Towns: America's Lost World - 2 Disk Set

Ghost Towns

$9.95!    Buy Product

Old West Lawmen DVD, 6 Part Series, 2 Disk Set

Old West Lawmen

  $9.95    Buy Product

The Wild West DVD - 12 Documentary Set - 2 Disks

The Wild West

$9.95    Buy Product

Outlaws & Gunslingers - 5 Part Series in Collector's Tin, 185 minutes

Outlaws & Gunslingers

$14.95!   Buy Product

 

                                                            Copyright © 2003-Present, www.Legends of America.com™