Life in the Old West

True stories, tall tales, memorabilia of the American West

Western Lawmen

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Next to cowboys, the lawmen of the Old West probably have been more glamorized and romanticized more than any other public figures. Western lawmen were the “good guys” who kept the peace and administered justice. According to the standard mythology of the American West, they never faltered (or rarely faltered anyway) and they were larger than life heroes. But in real life, it was sometimes hard to tell lawmen who were “good guys” from those who were the “bad guys.” In fact, some of the most prominent and heroic legendary Old West lawmen played the role of “bad guys” at some point in their lives. Click on any of the article links below to look through our ever-growing library of tales and tall tales about the lawmen of the West.