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GunfighterAn outgrowth of the Civil War, the gunfighter era also spawned a number of outlaws. With men who had become accustomed to violence and often having lost their lands or fortunes, being quick with a gun was often an easy transition.

 

Though about a third of the gunman died of "natural causes," many died violently in gunfights, lynchings, or legal executions. The average age of death was about 35. However, of those gunman who used their skills on the side of the law, they would persistently live longer lives than those that lived a life of crime.

 

The occupations of gunfighters ranged from lawmen, to cowboys, ranchers, gamblers, farmers, teamsters, bounty hunters, and outlaws.

 

During these violent days, most of the shootings occurred in Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, California, Missouri, and Colorado. 

 

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  • Reese Anderson - A gunfighter and cowboy, Anderson led a vigilante group in Montana in 1884. He and his cohorts captured and hanged 23 horse thieves.

  • Scott L. Anderson - Gunman and stage guard working in South Dakota, Anderson fended off a number of hold-up attempts.

  • Tom Anderson - A gunfighter, Anderson was the brother of William "Black Jack” Christian.

  • Greetings From the Old WestWilliam Anderson -  Living in Delano, Kansas, just outside of Wichita, Anderson was a drunken gunman. In 1873, he was blinded in a shoot out. He died begging for coins outside saloons.

  • Serafin Aragon - A member of Jesse Evans Gang during New Mexico's Lincoln County War. Nothing is known of his life following the conflict.  

  • "Arkansas Bill" - A gunfighter in Dodge City, Kansas in the late 1870s who claimed to have killed twenty-two men.

  • "Arizona Jack" - A gunman and teamster, was lynched at Wagon Bed Springs, Kansas Territory, for shooting to death another teamster.

  • John Barclay Armstrong (1850-1913) - He enlisted with the Travis Rifles in 1871 and joined the Texas Rangers in 1875, where he helped in the capture John King Fisher in 1874 and tracked and captured John Wesley Hardin in 1877. He retired as a captain in 1882 and died May 1, 1913.

  • Ira Aten (1862–1953) - Aten joined the Texas Rangers in 1883, and became captain of Company D and later tracked and shot down outlaw Judd Roberts, an associate of Butch Cassidy's Hole-in-the-Wall gang. he served as a sheriff in Fort Bend County, Texas during the Jaybird-Woodpecker War and later the sheriff of Castro County, Texas.

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