Tough Towns True Tales from the Gritty Streets of the Old West by Robert Barr Smith
Everyday Heroes of the Old West
The only people tougher than the bank and train robbers of the Old West were the citizens who banded together to create law and order on the streets of their towns. Shoemakers and storekeepers, bank men and local lawmen, barbers and liverymen -- they all fought to defend their lives against the outlaws who threatened them.
Tough towns faced down famous gangs like the Daltons and the James-Youngers, drove off Mexican bandits, killed Pretty Boy Floyd's chief lieutenant, and helped put an end to the nineteenth-century rash of bank robbing in the West. Ordinary-people-turned-heroes joined their neighbors and fought - and sometimes died - because they wouldn't run away or turn a blind eye to crime. Their stories, told by historian and writer Robert Barr Smith, are a fascinating part of the legend of the Old West.
Paperback, c2007, xii, 244 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 230-238) and index.
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