THIS SUNDAY THE AMERICAN HEROES CHANNEL, IN CONJUNCTION WITH BALLADEER’S BLOG’S UPCOMING FRONTIERADO HOLIDAY, WILL DEBUT THEIR NEW SERIES TITLED GUNSLINGERS. THE SERIES WILL COVER GUNMEN OF THE OLD WEST AND WILL DEAL WITH THE BIG NAMES. AS USUAL I WILL EXAMINE SOME OF THE LESSER-KNOWN BUT JUST AS EXCITING GUNSLINGERS RIGHT HERE! FRONTIERADO IS FRIDAY AUGUST 1st! ***
COMMODORE PERRY OWENS – Named after the naval hero of the War of 1812, Owens was one of the few gunfighters of the west to put in time as an actual cowboy and made a name for himself as a gunman driving off rustlers on cattle drives. Legend has it that plenty of would-be rustlers wound up meeting their end in gunfights with Commodore Perry Owens.
Drifting into the Arizona Territory in the 1880’s Owens took a job at a stagecoach station as a rifleman charged with driving off the periodic attacks by Native Americans. Earning a reputation as a dead shot, Owens was soon being called “The Commodore” for obvious reasons and his reputation started to grow. Passengers knew they were safe (at least for the moment) when their stagecoach was approaching the station under the protection of Owens’ steady hand and eagle eyes.
Owens next signed on with a railroad contractor as one of the gunmen guarding their construction crews’ horses and wagons. In a celebrated incident the Commodore single-handedly drove off a renegade Apache raiding party after they killed his colleagues. Owens killed at least two of the Apaches and rode the publicity from this event to election as Apache County Sheriff.
After three years of service (1886 to 1889) and several dead criminals, the Commodore hung up his six-guns and his rifle and became a businessman, dying peacefully in 1918. His colorful name and dashing figure make Owens one of the most underrated figures of the Old West.
AND LOOK FOR MY SPECIAL COMMENTARY DURING THE AHC SERIES GUNSLINGERS! CHECK TIMES IN YOUR AREA!
FOR MY LIST OF THE FOUR GREATEST NEGLECTED WILD WEST FIGURES CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2011/08/02/frontierado-week-four-neglected-wild-west-figures/