George “Bitter Creek” Newcomb – Oklahoma Outlaw

 

George "Bitter Creek" Newcomb Dead

George “Bitter Creek” Newcomb Dead

George “Bitter Creek” Newcomb, aka: Slaughter Kid (1866?-1895) – George Newcomb, who was known as “Bitter Creek” Newcomb, came from Fort Scott, Kansas.  Starting his career as a cowboy at the age of twelve, he worked for  C. C. Slaughter on the Long S Ranch in Texas before drifting into Indian Territory.

Newcomb was a member of both the Dalton and the Doolin Gangs, both of which robbed a number of banks and trains. By May. 1895, he had a $5,000 reward on his head. After the Doolin Gang split up, fellow outlaw Charley Pierce and Newcomb rode to the Dunn Ranch on the Cimmarron River to visit Newcomb’s lover, the famous “Rose of Cimarron.” They also planned to collect some $900 owed to Newcomb by Rose’s brothers. However, as they approached the house the pair of outlaws were ambushed, shot out of their saddles by Rose’s brothers who wanted to collect the large bounty on their heads.

Both bodies were then taken to Guthrie, but Newcomb was still alive. When he sat up and begged for water, he received another bullet for his efforts. His father James Newcomb claimed the body and buried George on the family farm near Nine Mile Flats, southwest of Norman, Oklahoma, on the north bank of the Canadian River

 

Kathy Weiser-Alexander, October, 2017.

Also See:

Old West Legends

Outlaws on the Frontier

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