The Story Of Bill Doolin & The Wild Bunch

Arbuckle Footnotes

William “Bill” Doolin was born in 1858 in Johnson County, Arkansas. In 1881, at the age of 23, he drifted west working at odd jobs and eventually ended up in Caldwell, KS were he met Oscar D. Halsall of Texas. Halsall hired Doolin to work for him on his ranch on the Cimarron River in Oklahoma Territory. Doolin soon became a top hand for Halsall.  

It was during this time of working as a cowboy that he would meet most of the members of his future Wild Bunch gang. Working on the ranches in Oklahoma Territory, Bill Doolin would meet George “Bitter Creek” Newcomb, Charlie Pierce, Bill Power, Dick Broadwell, Bill “Tulsa Jack” Blake, and Emmett Dalton.  

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