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Re: Morgan in St. Louis?
Mon Apr 29, 2019 04:59

At the time of this particular arrest Morgan Earp had just turned 24 and had been in St. Louis for about a year. I speculate he was referred there from Wichita by the Lowes (Rowdy Kate, Rowdy Joe) or either Kate Haroney. In a sense he followed behind George Randall who had bailed out of Peoria for St. Louis, where prostitution had become legalized by means of what was called "the French System." Simply put, the girls had to be registered and were subjected to regular medical check-ups.

Morg was there to see on June 14, 1874, when promoter John Robinson led a "test elephant" on a stroll across the fantastic Eads Bridge to prove that it was safe. The whole crowd cheered as the elephant lumbered across toward Illinois. Popular belief held that elephants had instincts that would make them avoid setting foot on unsafe structures. Two weeks later, builder James B. Eads sent 14 locomotives back and forth across the bridge at one time. The opening day celebration transpired on July 4, 1874, and featured a parade that stretched for 15 miles through the streets of St. Louis. Needless to say, Anderson's Dance Hall at Almond and Third did a good business that day and night.

Morgan went from St. Louis back to Kansas, via Wichita and Great Bend, and was hired as deputy sheriff in Dodge City by Under Sheriff Ed. Hougue by June 1, 1875.

Incidentally, Morg was again in St. Louis in July 1877, when called back to Dodge City by a different Under Sheriff - Bat Masterson - to wear a badge for a third season helping police Texas cattle drovers.

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