Jim Courtright of Fort Worth: His Life and Legend by Robert K. DeArment (Hardback, 2004)
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- DescriptionTimothy Isaiah Longhair Jim Courtright operated on both sides of the law and became a legend in his lifetime and after his death. One of the most colorful characters from the wild and woolly days of Fort Worth's Hell's Half Acre, Courtright was at various times city marshal, deputy sheriff, deputy U.S. marshal, private detective, hired killer, and racketeer. Today, he is almost forgotten, either as a gunfighter or a lawman, except in Fort Worth. Little is kwn about Courtright's early life, though he apparently served in the Union army during the Civil War, But when he arrived in the West, Courtright seemed to attract trouble. He was involved in a shootout during the 1886 railroad strikes and was accused of murder in New Mexico. Deputies were sent to Fort Worth to escort him to New Mexico to stand trial. His escape from them, complete with guns hidden under a restaurant table, is one of Fort Worth's most colorful stories. Finally, he was killed in a shootout that he apparently provoked with gambler and gunman Luke Short. To this day body is sure what provoked that feud, but Courtright was hored with the longest funeral procession Fort Worth had ever seen. The myth of Courtright as legendary gunfighter was built in two previous biographies - one by a velist and the other by a Franciscan priest. After exhaustive research into contemporary newspapers and other accounts and close study of the previous two books, historian Robert K. DeArment deconstructs the myth of Longhair Jim and reconstructs the gunfighter as a real human being, complex, flawed, often courageous, usually both horable and dishorable. This book is a must for all those interested in the legends of the West, its lawmen, and its outlaws.
- Author BiographyRobert K. DeArment has made a lifelong study of the establishment of law on the American frontier and the gunfighters, outlaws, and lawmen who were part of that story. He is the author of numerous books and articles and a member of Western Writers of America, Inc., the Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association, and the National Association for Outlaws and Lawman History. He has been honored for his writing by both Wola and Nola.
- Author(s)Robert K. DeArment
- PublisherTexas Christian University Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication31/10/2004
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationFort Worth
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTexas Christian University Press,U.S.
- Content Note36 b&w photgraphs, maps, bibliography, index
- Weight544 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine27 mm
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