Before you can create your own Wild West characters, it helps if you know a little bit about the larger than life legends--good and bad--who populated the era and gave it its wild reputation. (Since this blog ended up being a bit long, I’ll post it in two parts.)
First up: The Good Guys.
Wyatt Earp. May as well start with the largest legend of them all. In 1875, tired of his career as a stagecoach driver twenty-seven year old Wyatt Earp moved to
Pat Garrett. Pat was raised the privileged son of a
Wild Bill Hickock. Perhaps one of the more colorful legends of the Old West, James Butler Hickock was born the son of a presbyterian deacon. After his father’s death fifteen-year-old, James got into a gunfight. He ran away to evade the law, ending up in
Tom Smith. Perhaps one of the lesser-known heroes, little is known about Smith’s early life. Born in
Bat Masterson. William Barclay Masterson was born on a farm in
I’ll be back a little bit later to post the second half of our Tuesday Ten—The Bad Guys.