Frank Canton was not born; he was created. The mental fabrication of a notorious outlaw and escaped convict by the name of Joe Horner. After possibly killing his first man at the tender age of 15, Horner would spend the next several years as a cowboy and ranch hand before forming the infamous Horner gang, that would terrorize north Texas during the mid-1870’s. After a full-on gun battle with the United States military in broad daylight, Horner is arrested but escapes. And, following the successful robbery of at least one bank, Horner was once more apprehended and jailed – this time in San Antonio – and once more escaped. Arrested again after yet another gunfight, Horner would be tried, found guilty and sentenced to 15 years hard labor in Huntsville State penitentiary. He would only do two of these years, escaping once more – this time never to be seen again. At least not as Josiah Horner. The escaped convict would travel north, to Wyoming, and reinvent himself. Becoming Frank Canton, the epitome of law and order and a relentless pursuer of neerdoells. First as an inspector and detective for the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and then Sheriff of Johnson County, before being a key player in a little something called the Johnson County War. Canton would then mosey on down to Indian Territory, and once again pin on a badge, first as a sheriff and then as a deputy U.S. Marshal, chasing bad guys Rooster Cogburn style. This was at a time when the Territory was nearly overrun with outlaws and the area Canton was initially stationed in was so bad the county commissioners were asking for martial law. Turns out all they needed was Frank Canton. But then a new frontier beckoned. What some were taking to calling the last Frontier. Alaska. There was gold up there in the great white north and with gold comes crime. More than enough to keep a man such as Canton busy. But what about Frank’s past as an outlaw? The former life of Josiah Horner, the escaped convict? Would this ever catch up with him? And was he really Mr. Law and Order, humble public servant or was this just a façade? A way of him ensuring that he was always aligned with the powerful and influential. Believe me when I say, this story has it all. Cowboys, outlaws, moral quandaries, Buffalo soldiers, female rustlers, questionable morals, cattle drives, stampedes, a damn range war, a mercenary army, assassinations, murder, a whole lot of hangings, Tom Horn, the Pinkertons, Teddy Roosevelt, hell – even vampires! Yes vampires. Check out my website for more true tales from the wild and woolly west https://www.wildwestextra.com/ Email me! https://www.wildwestextra.com/contact/ Buy me a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/wildwest Free Newsletter! https://wildwestjosh.substack.com/ Join Patreon for bonus content! https://www.patreon.com/wildwestextra Become a YouTube Paid Member for bonus content! https://www.youtube.com/c/WildWestExtravaganza Alias Frank Canton by Robert K. DeArment - https://www.amazon.com/Alias-Frank-Canton-Robert-DeArment/dp/080612900X The Johnson County War by Bill O’Neil - https://www.amazon.com/Johnson-County-War-Bill-ONeal/dp/1571688765/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1ODICTBSEA038&keywords=johnson+county+war&qid=1668567269&s=books&sprefix=johnson+coun%2Cstripbooks%2C155&sr=1-2 Wild Bill Hickok | Part 2 - https://www.wildwestextra.com/wild-bill-hickok-part-two/ Britt Johnson & the Searchers - https://www.wildwestextra.com/britt-johnson-the-searchers/
love this podcast. Covers well known "Wild West" people, and some interesting but not well known folks. Good research, good narration.
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I think this is my favorite episode so far.
Really great podcast! Super interesting & the host is really engaging.
Criminally underrated podcast. It's Timesuck lite that focuses on exclusively the Wild West.
Seriously enjoying your podcast! You're a great host, funny, interesting and accurate and the stories are the best!
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hey josh, I've been binging on your content for about a week now. it has made a short week of what is usually a long monotonous one. like yourself, I too continued to have to work and earn money the old school way. I would love to hear more facts about your topics however, I know you've repeatedly said that you simply don't have the time to put out more content or do deeper dives. Totally understandable. I love your presentation and the comedy aspect keeps it interesting. you have yourself a great podcast sir! and I'm a podcast junkie! history shows in particular. you are by far the best personality I've heard in the history genre in my years of listening. I've rarely felt compelled to comment on any, but I respect great talent and potential when I see it! All of the episodes are good but the one that compelled me to reach out is the King Fisher episode #30 when I heard that glorious perfectly composed masterpiece work of art state of the union speech at the end of the episode I said to myself, now this is a man that gets it! you fucking nailed it, could not have summed everything up better even if you were a 19th century journalist!! lol I recall you saying how they used way to many words to say the simplest things.that was hilarious. keep up the content coming brother! there are people out here who listen to, and are very much entertained by, and respectful of your work
interesting spin on Billy the kid.. never heard of brushy bill Roberts..he's definitely not Billy the kid lol
this show is great!! very obscure and very interesting persons covered.. I've been looking for a good wild west podcast.. idk why it took me so long to find it..I listen to podcasts every day and this one has quickly become my favorite.. thanks for the content bro!!