1880s Durango Colorado Cabinet Card Photograph Of Outlaws / Gamblers / Lawmen
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1880s Durango Colorado Cabinet Card Photograph Of Outlaws / Gamblers / Lawmen:
Very Rare and simply fantastic, original 1880's Western Americana Cabinet Card Photograph of a group of four Durango, Colorado “tough guys” - either outlaws or gamblers or perhaps even lawmen.
This outstanding, Western Americana Photograph measures approx. 3 7/8” by 5 1/2” and is mounted on its original, Cabinet Card Mount (the mount measures 4 1/4” by 6 1/2”). The mount carries the mark of the photographer – Boston of Durango, Colorado.
The Image offered here depicts four formidable looking young men. They are well dressed and strike confident poses – each smoke a cigar and the seated “fellows” have their legs crossed and are leaning back in their chairs. Unfortunately, these Western “characters” are not identified but they have the look of “hustlers” - perhaps outlaws or gamblers. In the 1880’s Durango was known as a “Gunslinging Town” and these four “dandies” sure fit the bill!!
In the pioneer days of Durango, outlaws, stage coach robbers, cattle rustlers and horse thieves were a very active element of the country. Whether you stood where the Durango Fairgrounds are now and saw Robert Dwyer in 1880 plowing his 160 acre homestead with a Winchester strapped to his side, or whether you entered a business establishment in Durango, the proprietor would be wearing a six shooter and a Winchester rifle would be leaning against his desk. Durango's Horse Gulch (east end of Third Street) was a common place for these desperados to rob an innocent traveler or stage coach. This reckless dare devil element heeded no law and order. The earliest citizens dared not refuse them anything. A favorite antic was to ride their mount through the swinging doors of a saloon and yell out an order for whiskey.
La Plata County's Allison Gang and the Stockton Gang share the most lasting infamy. Ike Stockton, a celebrated killer from Texas, was the leader of the Stockton Gang with Harg Eskridge next in command. Port Stockton, Dyson Eskridge and Bert Wilkinson were other members. An ongoing feud prevailed between the Simmons Gang of Farmington who accused the Stockton Gang of stealing their cattle, butchering them and selling the meat. The Stockton Gang often sought refuge in Durango where the Farmington vigilante committee led by the Simmons gang could not seize them across the state line and where the Stockton Gang posed as cattlemen.
Other than the fact that the Photograph was taken in Durango, Colorado, we have no information on the identities of the men pictured. They all wear VERY serious expressions and our best guess (and it is only an educated guess) is that this is either a band of outlaws, gamblers or perhaps even lawmen. We would GREATLY appreciate any information that would help to identify this fascinating cast of characters!!!
This very rare and original, period, Albumen Cabinet Card Photograph is in very good to excellent condition. The Photograph itself exhibits sharp focus, strong contrast and rich, warm tonality. Both the Image and the Card Mount are generally clean and crisp and very well preserved.
A very rare and simply fantastic, original 1880's Western Americana Cabinet Card Photograph of a group of of four Durango, Colorado “tough guys” - either outlaws or gamblers or perhaps even lawmen and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
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