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Ned Christie's Last Stand (05:19)


In 1892, United States Marshals went high tech against Cherokee fugitive Ned Christie. They used a cannon until it exploded, then dynamite, and finally a rifle. David Carradine hosts the program.

Ira Aton's Dynamite Mines (05:02)

Texas Ranger Ira Aton tackled the problem of outlaws cutting cattle ranch fences. Aton went undercover and set dynamite traps, the predecessor to the claymore mine, that frightened the fence cutters.

Sheriff Harry Morse's Improved Henry Winchester Rifle (04:54)

Sheriff Harry Morse in Alameda County, CA, chose the Winchester 1866 repeating rifle, known as the Improved Henry for hunting outlaw Juan Soto. The rifle's range was ten times that of the pistol.

Winchester 1866 Brings Down Juan Soto (04:22)

Sheriff Harry Morse is saved by outlaw Soto's method of firing his colt pistol . The superior technology of the Sheriff's rifle defeats the outlaw.

Bat Masterson (02:32)

Bat Masterson was sheriff of Ford County, Kansas. He ordered special colt pistols and sweetened the steel by filing down the hammer. Masterson was also master of the pistol whip.

Wyatt Earp's Shot Gun Battle (04:36)

Lawman Wyatt Earp is known for the shoot out at the O.K. Corral that motivated the Cowboy Gang to hunt down the Earps, leaving only Wyatt. When Wyatt's posse, made up of famous gunfighters, was ambushed, Wyatt fought a shotgun battle and was never hit.

Miraculous Life of Wyatt Earp (02:39)

Wyatt Earp never got hit and was accused of using a steel shirt like hired assassin Jim Miller.

Lawmen Challenges: How to Get Around (00:46)

Lawmen of the Old West faced many technological challenges such as how to get around--by wagon, train or even rented horse.

Technological Challenge: How to Keep the Captive (01:34)

Come-along chains and awkward handcuffs proved difficult and dangerous. The notorious Cherokee Bill had to be knocked out to be cuffed.

Technological Challenge: How to Transport a Prisoner (01:02)

Taking a captive to the fort by wagon and train offered opportunity for escape and endangered the lawman and innocent bystanders. Jail wagons were often unavailable.

Technological Challenge: Where to Put the Prisoner (01:50)

Many towns in the West had no jail, and a prisoner might be chained to a tree or telegraph pole. Sheriff Ham Mills in Lincoln, New Mexico, kept his prisoner at home; he finally shot the prisoner so he could go to a dance.

Fort Smith Jail (01:44)

U.S. Marshalls transported Cherokee Bill through Indian Territory to Fort Smith Jail, the state-of-the-art jail built in 1887.

Fort Smith Jail Gun Fight (01:58)

When turn key Campbell Oaff went to lock the cell doors, Cheerokee Bill opened his door and began a gun fight that killed a guard. Another prisoner disarmed Bill who went to the gallows.

Folsom Prison's Gatling Guns (03:14)

Outlaws of the California Gold Rush, imprisoned in Folsom Prison, were encouraged to escape by the lack of an outside wall. Guards on towers with Gatling guns mowed down the Sontag gang escapees.

End of the Old West Lawmen (01:20)

In the 1900s, technology such as automobiles and telephones helped change the Old West. Modern police forces replaced the West's lawmen who looked for new jobs and became legends.

Credits: Law & Order Tech (00:36)

Credits: Law & Order Tech

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Law & Order Tech



Hit the trail with the legendary lawmen who attempted to bring order to the Wild West. See how men like Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp used every technological edge they could get in the quest to keep the peace--and stay alive. Probe the legends of the American frontier with an engineer's eye. David Carradine is our host.

Length: 46 minutes

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Copyright date: ©2004

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