Wild Bill Hickok’s last gunfight took place in Abilene on an October evening in 1871. When a shot rang out … Continued
Wild Bill Hickok’s last gunfight took place in Abilene on an October evening in 1871. When a shot rang out in the streets, Hickok rose from his seat in the Alamo saloon. He had taken the job of marshal after the last one, refusing to carry a gun, had been shot dead. Hickok had told the 50 or so rowdy cowboys celebrating the end of a cattle drive that no guns were allowed in town. Obviously, somebody hadn’t heard. Or didn’t care. The marshal also knew, as did everybody else in town, that Texas gambler Phil Coe had vowed to kill him “before the first frost.” This was on his mind as he moved toward the door.
One hundred thirty-six years later, Spur Roberts stands under the blazing New Mexico sun at the firing line, readying himself to shoot a stage in the Single Action Shooting Society’s World Championship at a ranch outside Albuquerque. The 12 stages that will be shot over the course of the four-day End of Trail event are modeled on historical confrontations involving the likes of Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the Wild Bunch…