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The January 2017 line-up:

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HOMESTEAD ACT – To help settle the West, in 1863 this Act gave anyone title to land after they lived on it for five years. As a result 1.6 million settlers were able to own land

DAVID KEMP – Kemp is a good example of how Old West towns hired lawmen that would enforce laws in accordance to the desires of the town’s businesses.

NATHAN MEEKER – Meeker, passionate about temperance and hard work, discovered the hard way that the culture of the Ute Indians wasn’t compatible with his beliefs.

WILLIAM WALLACE – Wallace was a big man who lived a big live. But he was buried in a small town.

CATTLE INDUSTRY DECIMATED – Following several years of mild weather, the winter of 1886-1887 was a harsh one that killed as many as 90% of the cattle.

NERVES OF STEEL I & II – Bill Tilghman served more time as a lawman that any other. As you will see, having nerves of steel was essential to survive.

JAILBREAK THWARTED BY WOMAN I & II – Prisoners attempting an escape were no match for Mrs. Woodhurst, the wife of the warden of the Nebraska state prison.

DENVER’S FIRST TRIAL – As frontier town developed, law and order often arrived after the towns were established. But, once it arrived it could be harsh and unforgiving.

GRAND DUKE ALEXIS – The young Grand Duke of Russia came to the United States to hunt buffalo. The grand marshal of the hunt was George Armstrong Custer. And the Duke’s guide was Buffalo Bill Cody.

FREMONT’S POLITICAL CAREER – We’re all familiar with John Fremont’s explorations mapping the West. But little is know of his political career, because it was highlighted by "incorrigible negligence."

RICHARD DUBLIN – Richard Dublin managed to elude the Texas Rangers to the point that Captain Reynolds exclaimed that his cook could do a better job of finding Dublin.

MARLOW BROTHERS – The five Marlow brothers had a propensity for getting into trouble. Although three ended up dead, two did escape the grasp of the vigilantes.

DULL KNIFE – Like a number of Indian chiefs, Dull Knife didn’t want to war against the United States. But the circumstances were such that he couldn’t avoid it.

JOHN X. BEIDLER – John Beidler wasn’t able to find his place in life until he was handed a hemp rope with a noose at one end.

BAKER MASSACRE – In 1870 there was a strong movement to transfer the control of Indian affairs from the Department of Interior to the War Department. But the Baker Massacre stopped the movement in its tracks.

DAVID J. COOK – Although he tired his best to become a famous lawman, any fame he received was the result of his arresting the last man to be hanged in Denver, Colorado.

MOLLY BRENNAN – Molly Brennan threw herself in the path of a bullet to save the life of her lover. Although she saved his life, he carried with him a reminder of her for the rest of his life.

ROBERT ZACHARY – Sometimes, it’s the time and location of the crime, not the crime itself that results in the severity of the punishment.

JAMES HOME BOMBED – Once the Pinkertons bombed the home of the James Brothers, they found public sentiment turned against them.

MICKEY FREE – A man with little redeeming qualities, him own best friend said of him, "He’s half Mexican, half Irish and whole SOB."

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