Wild West Hero: From Slave To The Toughest Marshall In Texas!

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Howdy folks and greetings from the Great Plains of North Texas!

I've been reading about one of the most amazing characters I've ever heard of. He was one of the crucial Lawmen that helped tame the Wild West.

Being a lawman in a lawless frontier was a fearsome job and required a toughness, skill and courage that few men possessed.

Bass Reeves was such a man.

Born a slave in the 1830's his family was moved from Arkansas to Texas where he was worked like a dog by his owner, who wasn't exactly a kind man. One night while playing a game of poker the two got into it.

From a young age Bass had no tolerance for stealin

Apparently the owner was cheating and young Bass found that unacceptable so he slugged the man and knocked him out.

Well, in those days that was a death sentence...to lay a hand on your master. So Bass high-tailed it out of there and made his way to the Indian Territory in Oklahoma.

The Indians were very welcoming of escaped slaves and would adopt them into their tribe, hence we have many black Indians.

He stayed with the Creek, Seminole, and other tribes, learning their ways, their languages( he could speak 5 native languages) and also learned to track, hunt, and became an expert with the pistol and rifle.

How in the world do you go from slave to Unites States Marshall??

Bass stayed in Indian territory while the Civil War raged so afterwards he was a free man. He married and raised a family.

In 1875 President Ulysses S. Grant ordered a federal judge to bring the lawlessness of the Indian Territory under control because it was a mess.

Well, Bass had already worked as a guide for lawmen who had to venture into Indian Territory so he was a natural for the job. They offered and he accepted. He was the first black U.S. Marshall West of the Mississippi.

An outlaw's worst nightmare

He was also the most feared, most respected, and most prolific lawman in the history of the Wild West. He was the worst news for any criminal in Oklahoma and Texas and killed many bad men. He himself was the baddest of the bad!

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If you were a criminal Bass would find you. His story is so remarkable that I'm going to do a series on him. A history professor(who is black) had been captivated by Bass's story for decades and decided to research the man.

He ended up writing a history book about Bass which is exhaustively researched so I'm getting that sometime soon. Let me know if you'd like to see me do a series on Bass.

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Thanks for reading folks, God bless you all!
-jonboy
Texas

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Sounds like it will be a very interesting story.

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Howdy sk43! Thanks so much for giving me your opinion, I'm heavily leaning toward doing a series on Bass. Thanks so much!

It would be great to know more about him. It sounds like a good story for a movie, too.

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Howdy again sir leeart! yes, I'm shocked they haven't made a major movie about him! Thanks for giving your opinion about this, I'll order his biography when I get the chance.

What a great story and a great piece of history!

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Howdy sir wwwiebe! Yes I agree, when I was looking at his numbers I think he's probably the best marshall we ever had. Next time I place a book order I'll get his biography so I can do a series.

Reminds me a little of that movie Django🙃

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Howdy sir enginewitty! oh man, that was a good movie, with so many good actors and the musical score was wild. lol. Yes, that's a good point though, I hadn't thought of that!

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That’s a good idea!

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Howdy sir kaminchan! I thought you might like that idea. I think I'll get that history book about him, thanks for your input!

Hey, @janton.

Do it. Just do it. Your series highlighting different folks that few of us have ever heard of and your storytelling style are about as under appreciated as it gets around here. I've not seen anyone who does it like you, either, so you're also very unique. So, let's get the Bass Reeves party started. :)

And maybe, just maybe, we'll get a movie starring Will Smith, because unless the image is inaccurate, Reeves and Smith are the spitting image of one another. :)

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lol! Howdy sir Glen! Thanks so much, you are too kind. But wow you are so correct about Will Smith! I didn't think of him.

Yes, it's amazing that a major movie hasn't been made of Bass Reeves, the guy was totally remarkable and after looking at his numbers, which were probably way more than what they have recorded because when it came to black lawmen they didn't bother keeping records much! ...I think he was the best lawman in our history.

When I place my next order for books I'll include Bass Reeve's biography. Thanks again Glen! How's it going this week, or did you post about it? I'll head over there now.

Sounds like he had a fascinating life. He's lucky he managed to escape slavery and ride it out until emancipation like that. Great timing, even if it wasn't intentional.

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Howdy again sir fotosdenada! yes, he was lucky to be able to escape and to have someplace to escape to that was fairly close. Some people seem to walk in luck. He served for 32 years and in a time when the injury and death rate of marshalls was very high because it was so wild, he never got a scratch!

Hi janton, I would love to hear more about this most interesting man thank you. The cruel owner was lucky that he was just 'slugged'!!

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lol! yeah the cruel owner was lucky and Bass was lucky that he was able to escape and have a place to escape TO! I think I'll order the biography book about him on my next book order, thanks for your opinion!

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Bass’s life would be interesting, Cowboy. I didn’t realize there were black Indians until you pointed it out. Makes sense.

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Howdy redheadpei! Thanks for giving your opinion, I'll order Bass's biography soon. And I'll do some posts on Black Indians too because that's a very interesting phenomenon too!

Goody. Another bedtime story.

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lol! Thank you sir Vincent!

Howdy Sir @janton, which leads me to ask why was there no movies made about this guy? (I think I know)
It will certainly be great to read his story!
Blessings!

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Howdy today sir papiloncharity! Yes I'm sure you know too. lol..Well in the early days of Hollywood of course, up to the 70's, they didn't do major movies about blacks with black actors. But they've had alot of time since then and they still haven't so it's rather surprising that they haven't.

Someone suggested that Will Smith looks like him and Will Smith would be perfect for the role!

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So? What's keeping you back Sir @janton?
You've got the perfect actor, you've got the story, and you are on steemit.
Plus you are an exceptional story teller. To wit, the Indian series.

So, the next step is waiting fer ya!
Write the movie script!!!
There are many famous script writers that are waiting to help you.
Maybe from the Game of Thrones series, or Stephen King himself Lol.
Blessings!

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Howdy today sir papilloncharity! lol..that is a lofty goal you have for me sir papilloncharity! The problem is I'm not interested in doing a movie script, I got too many other things to concentrate on but I sure appreciate the confidence and I'll be getting the biography about Bass Reeves so I can tell his story.

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Howdy Sir @janton. Well, hopefully I have sown a seed for one day when you get to be as old as I am.
They call it being "put out to pasture", but this wild horse has no pasture and he will continue until the day that he falls over.
Looking forward to the Bass Reeves story my friend.
Blessings!

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Howdy sir papilloncharity! I'm in the same situation with no retirement funds or retirement income so I hope that steemit will be a good source of income in a couple years. Yes, I don't believe in retiring. lol.

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Howdy Sir @janton, if it was up to me, I would do away with the term pensioner and retirement.
I have now buried a few people that died a few months after being put out to grass, especially when they have given their all to a company for most of their life.
All of a sudden the rug is pulled out from under their feet and it's like lifting a ships anchor to drift about aimlessly.

The answer is to stay busy and my lack of pension or retirement funding is no problem as I will just continue working until the end.
I can apply for a government pension and a disability pension due to the damage to my left leg, but the income is laughable and if I do this then I must stay unemployed. Imagine that.
Such is life my friend!
Blessings!

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oh, thanks for explaining the situation sir papilloncharity! I understand that there is not reason to retire anyway, I don't think there is such a thing in ministry so I agree. We have no plans to retire either.

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Yes please! Do it. Your writing is enjoyable and easy to read, and Bass Reeves seems like quite the historic character.

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Howdy there jayna! Thanks so much for your kinds words and your opinion, I'll order that biography about Bass Reeves as soon as I can. Thanks again for commenting!

This sounds like a fascinating character and story, so yes, I'd like to hear more!

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Howdy sir keithboone! Thanks for your opinion, I'll be ordering the biography on him soon and I'll be over to your blog today too.

I was glad to hear that the Indians welcomed escaped slaves and I can understand why. Kudos for them. I would love to hear the story of the baddest of the bad. With you as the narrator, the story will be the baddest and bestest of all. : )

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lol! I don't know about that but I'll see what I can do. Thanks for the vote of confidence!
Yes, it's very interesting that the Indians weren't racists at all.

And also do a series on KrazzyTrukker.... Lol

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lol..the life and times of krazzytrukker! I can see it now. lol. where you at today?

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Erie, PA. The site of where I was hatched and raised for 29 yrs.

Herding Cats.....

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lol! GREAT shot of the little guy! wow. He looks really big in that one. Yes, getting close to my old stomping grounds in Northern Ohio, I've been there a couple times. I didn't know you went that far North.

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I cut my teeth in the Buffalo - Erie- Cleveland-Chicago traffic jams.

Picking up in Middlefield OH. @ KraftMaid cabinets. Amish town of Middlefield.

I stop by here in Erie a few times a year to visit my father and sister. I do not have much love for this part of the country anymore.

My Father and Sammi Jo. (Photo.)

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Howdy again sir krazzytrukker! The traffic up there sucks and Cleveland sucks especially. lol. I always avoided it like the plague. I'm glad you're driving down South now.