The Law of the West

Photos of The Law of the West
We have gathered a collection of some of the best and most interesting photos taken during the American frontier days. They are from the National Archives in Washington D.C.
Please browse at your leisure. Meditate on the humble beginnings of the United States of America.
This page is dedicated to showing photos of the Law of the West in the American West

Built about 1881 by Lezinsky Bros., original owners of the copper mines at Clifton. Contract for blasting cells in face of cliff secured by a Mexican, Margarito Barela, who was its first prisoner imprisoned for a 'shooting up' celebration. 111-SC-89496 "The lynching of John Heith at Tombstone, Arizona, Feb. 22, 1884. He was implicated in the robbery of the Goldwater-Castan[e]da store in Dec. 1883, wherein there were three men and one woman killed. The other five men were apprehended and legally hanged at Tombstone, March 6, 1884." 111-SC-93377
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"Dodge City [Kans.] Peace Commissioners. L to R: Chas. Bassett, W. H. Harris, Wyatt Earp, Luke Short, L. McLean, Bat Masterson, Neal Brown." By Camillus S. Fly, ca. 1890. 111-SC-94129 Wooden jailhouse in Wyoming Territory. By C. Hart Merriam, 1893. 22-WB-886
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"Judge Roy Bean, the 'Law West of the Pecos,' holding court at the old town of Langtry, Texas in 1900, trying a horse thief. This building was courthouse and saloon. No other peace officers in the locality at that time." 111-SC-93343 "Black Jack Ketchum getting fitted with a new necktie." He is being hanged at Clayton, N. Mex. Territory, 1901. 111-SC-93358
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"John Sontag of the firm of 'Evans & Sontag' of California fame. Sontag was shot to death about Sept. 14, 1904. He was not yet dead when this picture was taken." 111-SC-93363.  
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