By John Boessenecker
Badge and Buckshot is a finished publication at a number of the once-famous peace officials and outlaws of previous California. informed the following for the 1st time are the real tales of Ben Thorn, the iron-willed yet scandal-plagued sheriff of Calaveras County; John C. Boggs, the fast-shooting nemesis of the Tom Bell and Rattlesnake Dick gangs; Ben and Dudley Johnson, the infamous Tulare Twins”; child Thompson, whose train-robbing exploits came about simply blocks from present-day l. a. movie and tv studios; and Coates-Frost feud, California’s bloodiest vendetta, which persevered greater than 20 years and left fourteen males useless. right here, too, are the 1st entire money owed of Captain Ingram’s Rangers, the band of accomplice guerrillas who raided stagecoaches in California through the Civil warfare; Steve Venard, the soft-spoken lawman who killed 3 outlaws in one gunfight; and the mythical invoice Miner, whose occupation of banditry spanned nearly part a century. The manufactured from greater than ten years of painstaking examine, Badge and Buckshot recounts one of many forgotten sagas of the previous West, an action-packed story of shoot-outs, degree holdups, manhunts, and lynchings. while, via vast use of pioneer newspaper records, court docket files, and formerly unpublished illustrations, it shatters outdated myths and demonstrates the general effectiveness of the legal justice process in previous California. For real Americana, Badge and Buckshot isn't to be ignored.
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The tools which we had were taken from the Aurora blacksmith shop, about a mile and a quarter from Iowa Hill. There were two picks, two shovels, axes, a wrench, hatchet, sledge, two pair of gum boots, and about seven or eight pounds of nails. We had also some giant powder and caps. I did not see Rogers until the night of the wreck. We took no picks or shovels up to the railroad, but took an axe, a sledge, a wrench, and some giant powder and caps. On the night of August 31st we started up for the railroad track.
He agreed, under a promise of immunity and a share of the reward, to act as a stool pigeon for the officers. Curtis provided the names of the gang members and agreed to rejoin the band. On October 10, Houx, Curtis, and several other gang members held up a stagecoach at McDonald's Hotel, eight miles north of Cloverdale, taking $925 from the Wells Fargo box. Early in November Curtis informed Venard of Houx's latest and most reckless plan: to rob Sheriff D. C. Crockett, of Mendocino County, while he was on his way to Ukiah after collecting taxes on the coast.
In 1869, Wells Fargo sent him to guard their express coaches on the Central Pacific Railroad, and he served in the Mountain Division for two years. In 1871 he was back in Nevada City, working as a police officer. It was not long before Wells Fargo was again requesting his services, this time to round up one of the worst gangs of outlaws that ever plagued the North Coast. Earlier that year a daring series of stagecoach robberies was perpetrated in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Within six months the Cloverdale-Healdsburg stage was "stood up" eight times; the coach between Ukiah and Cloverdale was also stopped regularly.