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Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Gamblers & Gunfights

 
 
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By Denise Boose, May 20, 2010
1. Gamblers & Gunfights Marker
Inscription. In the 1880s, Fort Worth, “the queen city of the prairies,” was home to good hotels, restaurants, theaters, banks, 60 saloons and 9 churches. Patrons dined at the elegant White Elephant Saloon with its 40-foot mahogany bar and climbed the broad carpeted stairs for a game of keno at Luke Short’s casino. Famous men of the West, including Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, “Doc” Holliday and “Longhair Jim” Courtright often frequented the casino.

On the evening of February 8, 1887, Courtright, unsteadied by alcohol, was feuding with Short over protection money. A sharpshooter and former law man, Courtright challenged Short to a gunfight. But his legendary draw failed him, and Courtright was buried with a procession of carriages 6 blocks long. A few years later, the mild-mannered 39 year-old Short was shot. He was buried near Courtright at Oakwood Cemetery on the city’s north side.
 
Erected 2006 by Heritage Trails and The Sid W. Richardson Foundation. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Location. 32° 45.316′ N, 97° 19.907′ W. Marker is in Fort Worth, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker is on Main Street south of West 2nd Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Worth TX 76102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Gamblers & Gunfights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 20, 2010
2. Gamblers & Gunfights Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Morris and Conn Buildings (a few steps from this marker); Plaza Hotel Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Hotels (within shouting distance of this marker); Opera Houses & Theaters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Worth's First Telephone Exchange (about 300 feet away); "The Stage Leaves From Here" (about 300 feet away); Land Title Building (about 400 feet away); Blackstone Hotel (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Worth.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Worth Heritage Trails. (Submitted on February 7, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 441 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 5, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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