"Texas, by God"
and the
Ben Harleman
K.C. Tombstone, Dodge, Deadwood
Sun Jun 9, 2019 01:28

Hah, gotta admire the man from Texas!

So I knew of Short in Buena Vista, but thought it was a pass through (glad to get that knew info from you) and I knew of his arrest in KC and three days in jail (had it in notes, not in my head) but the next thing I have written down was his move to Tombstone in November, or at least I believed it was November because that's when he began working at the Oriental if I'm correct. I'm very curious to know what the other articles may hold.

Do you think he (Short) was in Dodge with Wyatt and Bat as they recalled? It seems that no one's turned up any evidence of him there at that time, but I couldn't figure out a reason for them to make it up, or both be so coincidentally confused on the same mistake; such as Short present for some of the fiascos/pranks in town. I've personally thought they must have made acquaintance in Deadwood after Short stopped his whiskey selling, but this has been strictly just a broad assumption. Am I even close to the mark on this guess regarding Deadwood?


  • Long-barrelled ColtsK.t.K., Sat Jun 8 04:51
    I am assuming Bat was backing the play of new Town Marshal Mix. Although Bat was known to favor a Colts with four or five-inch barrel. My 1880 chronology on Luke Short jumps from June 1st Census at... more
    • Wayne ShortBen Harleman, Sun Jun 9 02:04
      As I mentioned, I noted your dissatisfaction with the Parsons & DeMattos book on Luke Short, I had a couple of small issues with it myself, but I'm curious about Wayne Short's book on Luke. Do you... more
    • K.C. Tombstone, Dodge, Deadwood — Ben Harleman, Sun Jun 9 01:28
      • Luke at DeadwoodK.t.K., Sun Jun 9 11:27
        According to his own dictation. Luke Short said he moved on from Texas to see "The Black Hills in 1876." In 1877 he left there for Ogallala, Nebraska, knowing it was one of the largest shipping... more
        • Re: Luke at DeadwoodBob Cash, Mon Jun 17 00:07
          Also, I believe that in one of the telegrams from the Webster-Hinkle faction to the governor during the Dodge City War it is pointed out that Luke had no history in the city before arriving in 1881.
          • Re: Luke at DeadwoodBen Harleman, Tue Jun 18 23:40
            Thanks Bob & Kenny (a week later). It is very interesting as you both point out, that he doesn't even include himself there. Could Luke's presence have been included by Lake, possibly looking to... more
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