Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. viii-ix

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Preface

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pp. xi-xvi

North Platte, Nebraska, is one of those Great Plains communities— "like Dodge City, Kansas, or Deadwood, South Dakota" that popular culture points to as an example of a once "wild and woolly" frontier town..

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xvii-xix

I could not have completed this book without the enthusiastic encouragement and generous support of many people and institutions. John R. Wunder deserves more thanks than I can provide. His demand for high...

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Prologue: State of Nebraska v. John Burley

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pp. 1-18

When Buffalo Bill arrived in Lincoln County, Nebraska, during the late 1860s, the county had only recently been organized, and it was sparsely settled with few communities. North Platte had few permanent structures...

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1. Buffalo Bill’s Country: Lincoln County, Nebraska, and Its Crime

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pp. 19-52

Lincoln County is situated in west-central Nebraska, twelve miles west of the one hundredth meridian in the heart of the Great Plains. Its eastern boundary is approximately 250 miles from the Missouri...

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2. Conservators of the Peace: Sheriff's, Deputies, and Railroad Detectives

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pp. 53-79

When Lincoln County was organized in the fall of 1867, one of the first duties its citizens carried out was to elect their sheriff. In October 1867, twenty-one voters gathered at Cottonwood Springs and unanimously elected O. O. Austin, an engineer for the Union Pacific, as the county's...

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3. Receptacles of Crime: Jails, Reformatories, and the State Penitentiary

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pp. 80-109

Lincoln County did not have a jail in November 1868 when R. C. Dougherty arrested John Burley in a Front Street saloon and handed him over to Sheriff O. O. Austin. Unlike the immediate introduction of courts, lawyers, and law enforcement in western Nebraska, the appearance...

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4. Regulating a Great Plains Railroad Town: Police Courts, Municipal Ordinances, and the North Platte Police Force

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pp. 110-140

During North Platte's infant years the city fathers sometimes struggled to bring order to this rollicking railroad town. Passengers exiting the Union Pacific depot would have been confronted with a string of saloons, gambling houses, and billiard halls lining the south side of Front...

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5. Temples of Justice: Criminal Courts and Their Officers

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pp. 141-180

In November 1868, Judge Lorenzo Crounse traveled more than two hundred miles on a Union Pacific train across the Great Plains from his home in eastern Nebraska to North Platte, where he was to preside over the first term of the Lincoln County District Court. Three felony cases...

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6. Hanging Out the Shingle: Lawyers and Legal Communities on the Great Plains

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pp. 181-209

Beach Hinman was the only lawyer living in North Platte when Sheriff O. O. Austin took John Burley before the county judge for a preliminary hearing in November 1868. The nearest lawyer sat in Grand Island, almost 150 miles east of North Platte. The dearth of lawyers...

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Conclusion: Law and Order in Buffalo Bill's Country

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pp. 210-218

Lincoln County, Nebraska, seemingly had no functioning criminal justice system when John Burley shot and killed Charley Colleton in November 1868. The county was sparsely settled, and North Platte had just recently been designated the county seat. Lincoln County did not...

Notes

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pp. 219-242

Bibliography

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pp. 243-252

Index

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pp. 253-262