Bat Masterson

masterson1November 26, 1853 – October 25, 1921

William Barclay “Bat” Masterson was just your typical Canadian, Old West lawman/gambler turned newspaper columnist/boxing beat writer. It’s a story as old as time, really. Masterson served as a sheriff and marshal all throughout the west hitting up hot spots like Dodge City and Tombstone, oftentimes alongside fellow lawman, Wyatt Earp. Bat ran gaming halls in these towns (and others) as well, because…well, it was the Wild West. Many gunfights and tall tales later, Masterson found himself in New York City, where he wrote for the Morning Telegraph as a sports writer and columnist. He also liked to occasionally sell off his cherished six-shooter dubbed “the gun that tamed the West”…whether or not it was the real one or just one of many he picked up a local pawn shop. Point is, Bat Masterson was everything from a heroic folk legend to a dirty con-artist. And, likely everything in between. He died of a heart attack while writing a column in New York at the age of 67.


Woodlawn Cemetery – Bronx NY

Specific Location

Primrose Plot, Lot 185; From Spiraea Ave., 11 rows behind a marker reading “GULLERY.”



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