"Texas, by God"
and the
Luke at Deadwood
Sun Jun 9, 2019 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 points in the West. But just like Deadwood and the other Black Hills camps, humanity in Ogallala was in a "rude state.....infested with a reckless class of society."
He got in trouble with the law between Ogallala and North Platt, and was wearing "a brace of revolvers."
Said he was located there in 1878, before moving to Leadville in 1879. No details for Leadville but says "In June 1880 I left Leadville and after a short time in Kansas City, Mo., went to Arizona and located in Tombstone in November 1880, remained in Arizona till April 1881....went to Dodge city remained there during summer of 1881, 2 & 3."

So he places himself in Dodge no sooner that April 1881. This is when Bat and "Shotgun" Collins arrived there and participated in the Battle of the Plaza" against Peacock, Updegraph & Co., in behalf of James Masterson.

  • K.C. Tombstone, Dodge, DeadwoodBen Harleman, Sun Jun 9 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... more
    • Luke at Deadwood — K.t.K., Sun Jun 9 11:27
      • 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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