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When Old West Lawmen Went Bad… and Vice Versa

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There was a fine line in the Old West as to the skills and nerve required to be a gunfighter, a lawman or an outlaw, and those lines often became tangled with some men playing each role at different times in their lives. “Outlaws” of the Old West weren’t always on the wrong side of the law. No, sometimes, they wore a badge and swore to uphold the very law they had recently crossed. Consider Albuquerque’s first Town Marshal, Milton J. Yarberry. Before being appointed as marshal in 1881, he’d already killed a few men, rode with the Texas Rangers, opened a saloon/brothel in Colorado and run off with his partner’s wife. After serving as Albuquerque Town Marshal for a little over a year, and having killed two men in the “line of duty,” he found himself on the rope end of a gallows. Or even Wyatt Earp. He’d been arrested for theft, moved to Tombstone where he was involved in the famous shoot-out. Depends on who’s telling the story—Was Wyatt a law-abiding man in the wrong place, or did he kill men and never saw a noose? Unlike the old movies, where the outlaw was always a grizzled, mean, and murdering road agent and the lawman was a calm, steely-eyed, honest man, the reality was the two types were often very much the same. We’ll take a look at a few of these men and you can decide which side of the badge they belonged on.

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Corrales Arts Center

Melody Groves 



Please read:  UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment



Registration Closes On
Thursday, May 2, 2019 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
5/2/2019 - 5/2/2019 Weekly - Thu 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Corrales, Corrales Arts Center  Map Melody Groves