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The Meanest Towns in the West

The following is an article from the book History’s Lists from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. From the archives of the Old West, we’ve culled a list of the most notorious places on the frontier. Here’s our countdown of the baddest of the bad, meanest of the mean, Wild West towns. Some historians say that the Wild West [...]

RIP James Arness

Actor James Arness, who protected the citizens of Dodge City as Marshal Matt Dillon for 20 years (1955-1975) on the TV series “Gunsmoke” has died of natural causes. He was 88. In an era when TV actors typically chewed the scenery, Arness had a credible, commanding presence by hardly uttering a word. A typical scene found [...]