This web blog is designed to give readers an exclusive sneak peek of the Ozarks Reader! The Ozarks Reader is a tri-yearly (three times a year) magazine that showcases the Ozarks region of Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Feature articles include regional history, attractions, unique businesses, arts and crafts, and much more! To subscribe send $11.85 (or $3.95 each) check or money order to: The Ozarks Reader, 18800 Noland Lane, Neosho MO 64850. For more information call: (417) 451-2492 or email me.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Wild Bill Hickok's History Making Shoot-Out With Davis K. Tutt

"Before the legends of gunfighters and lawmen of the Old West were immortalized by word of mouth, novels, magazines, newspapers, historic records and movies, there was James Butler Hickok and Davis K. Tutt. Their deadly feud in the chief city of southwest Missouri, would be the beginning of all those colorful legendary tales ever spun about the shoot-outs in the streets of the American West.

Many who pass by the Maple Park Cemetery in Springfield, Mo., each day, may not be aware of one of its interments resting there that unknowingly left such a significant mark on American history. His grave site and headstone located in the central-west side of the cemetery decorated on one side by an engraving of a revolver, a hand of poker-cards, and a pocket-watch, is all that remains, for the most part, as a memorial to Davis Tutt and the history making duel that he participated in - and lost...." (A sample sneak peek of Volume 2, Number 2, 2005, issue of The Ozarks Reader tri-yearly regional magazine.)


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