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1862-Locust Grove, Indian Territory- Union forces are the victors in a battle with Confederate troops.
1865 – General Connor arrives at Fort Laramie, Dakota Territory with orders to protect the Overland Mail Company’s stagecoaches from Arapaho Indians.
1867 – The 3rd Infantry from Fort Wallace, Kansas, reports one soldier wounded near Goose Creek.
1869 – Four Indians are killed in a fight with the 8th Cavalry in Hell Canyon, Arizona Territory.
1871 – The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company introduced the first narrow-gauge locomotive. It was called the Montezuma.
1873 – Vigilantes lynch a rustler who stole a widow’s cow in Phoenix, Arizona Territory.
1876 – The steamship The Far West begins her journey down the Yellowstone River carrying the bodies of George Custer and his men, Reno’s wounded, and the horse Comanche.
1876 – The first newspaper account of Custer’s battle appeared in the Bozeman Times.
1878 – A posse under J.J. Dolan terrorizes San Patricio, New Mexico Territory as they search for Regulators.
1884 – E.C. Abbott, AKA Teddy Blue, records that DHS Ranch, Montana Territory, under the leadership of Granville Stuart, hung a rustler between the DHS spread and Fort Maginnis.
1888 – Wyatt Earp’s second wife, Celia “Mattie” Blaylock, committed suicide in Pinal, Arizona Territory. Mattie had accompanied Wyatt to Tombstone and separated from the lawman after his Tombstone days and tragically wound up living in the seedy gold and silver towns as a prostitute.
1890 – Idaho became the 43rd state of the Union.
1897 – G. A. Lancaster files claim on Eldorado Creek, Yukon, later known as Gold Hill.
1901 – Butch Cassidy and Sundance with the help of Kid Curry and the Wild Bunch rob a Great Northern train in Wagner, Montana. It was their last American robbery. More than $40,000 was taken from the safe but most of it was in unsigned bank notes. This never bothered the Wild Bunch. Bill Carver or someone else with good penmanship merely signed the notes and these were quickly cashed or passed.
1901 – W.F. (Billy) Cochrane introduced the automobile to Calgary, Alberta. The car was a steam-powered Locomobile, steered by a tiller rather than a wheel.
1965 – Trigger, beloved horse of Roy Rogers, died.
Source: Lonesome Dove
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