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R T Bradley
William Elsey Connelle...
The Legend That Never Dies: The Story of Jesse and Frank James
Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War
A biography of Jesse James, noted Missouri Civil War guerrilla fighter and Confederate sympathizer. Author places this notorius figure in the context of the civil, political, and economical climate of...
The Younger Family
A collection of photocopied newspaper articles, primarily from local newspapers, centered on the lives and activities of Bob, Cole, and James Younger. Each article is annotated with its source and date...
The Holy Grail for Sale
A tintype of Billy the Kid, taken in 1879 or 1880, may be “the only authenticated photo of the Kid.” It’s up for sale and probably will be sold for a 6-digit figure. The article gives a history or...
Tracing Outlaws' Violent Area Visit
July 21, 2007
A vintage-car enthusiast plans a symposium that will focus on the events of the shootout on July 19, 1922, involving the outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. The symposium to be held on September 29 will be at the...
Jesse James Time Line
Appendix I of this book is "A Jesse James time line, including princiipal crimes attributed to the James-Younger Gang." It begins with December 28, 1841, when Robert James and Zerelda Cole, parents of...
A Family Letter Regarding the Youngers
Article (written by a relative of Cole Younger) about the Younger family of outlaws and the activities of leader Cole Younger through the early 1900s in and around the Kansas City area.
A Trail of Death Ahead
Article about the deaths of eight of John Dillinger's former gang members in the nationwide manhunt for related outlaws, especially in the Midwest and including "George (Baby Face) Nelson."
The Demise of Toad-a-Loop
Article about the demise of the area of Kansas City, Kansas known as "Toad-a-Loop" or "Tour-de-Loup." Described as "the horseshoe area surrounding Greystone Heights with a portion crossing over into Jackson...
Killing Pretty Boy
Article about the possibly intentional framing of Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, in 1934 as "the key trigger man" behind the 1933 Union Station Massacre in Kansas City, with premature reports at the Kansas...
Even the Mother of the Missouri Kid Admitted He Was 'Always a Bad Boy'
Article describes a 1902 bank robbery in Union, Missouri carried out by William Rudolph and George Collins and the eventual murder of Pinkerton agent, Charles J. Schumacher. Details concerning Rudolph's...
Aerial Views Show Site of Red Crown Tavern
Article describes the "site of the famed shoot-out with Platte County law enforcement," and provides information on the location of the tavern in relation to present day highways. Also included are two...
Who Was Ben J. Woodson of Davidson County, Tenn.?
Article describes the activities of Ben J. Woodson, who was better known as Frank James, while living in Tennessee in the 1870s. It includes lots of names of people associated with both Jesse and Frank...
Article describes the area of "Toad-a-Loop" or "Toad-a-Loup", a notorious community that was located adjacent to the Kansas River near Greystone Heights (just outside the jurisdictions of Kansas City,...
Gun that Killed Jesse James Sets Record
Article describes the sale of ''the gun that killed Jesse James'', a .44 caliber Smith and Wesson Model No. 3 single action revolver, for $350,000 at auction on November 9-10, 2003.
Ridin' with the James Gang
Article describing various museums in the Kansas City area that interpret the lawlessness, violence, and anti-Union activities of Frank and Jesse James.
Chalk Level Shoot-Out: The Youngers Vs. The Pinkertons
Article details a gunfight pitting John and Jim Younger against a posse comprised of Pinkerton agents. John Younger was killed in the fight, which took place in St. Clair County between Monegaw Springs...
Family Asks: Is Clell Miller in His Grave?
June 12, 2012
Article examines the mystery of whether the remains of Clell Miller, an outlaw with the James-Younger gang, are his that are buried at Muddy Fork Cemetery in Kearney, MO. Descendants of Miller have petitioned...
Sobriquets of Missouri and Missourians
Article explains some Missouri sobriquets or nicknames. Includes the various names of the state as the "Puke state" or the "Mule state" or the "Iron State" as well as where and what the name Missouri means....
The 50 Greatest Books on the American West
Article lists contributors' choices of the 50 books most crucial to understanding westward expansion and pioneer life. The books address subjects such as the fur trade, agriculture, criminal violence,...
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