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Introduction to the Tavern Stage of Texas Gunfights

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This video clip is part of the Texas Talks with State Historian of Texas Bill O'Neal titled: Gunslingers in Texas. Introduction to the Tavern Stage of Texas Gunfights Bill O'Neal wrote the Encyclopedia of Gunfighters in the likeness of the Encyclopedia of Baseball. This encyclopedia—a who’s who of the gun fighting West-provides a compilation of facts, sifted myths, folklore, and outright lies, about the lives and deaths of 255 men, both the famous and the all but forgotten. Also included are detailed accounts of the almost six hundred gunfights the men took part in, mostly between the end of the Civil War and the turn of the century. This work provides historical references to famous gunfighters of the Old West, including the James's, Billy the Kid, Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, John Wesley Hardin, and that latter-day folk idol, Butch Cassidy, including dozens of less-well-known gunslingers such as Cullen Baker, Harvey Logan, Long-haired Jim Court right, and Mysterious Dave Mather, among other figures.
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