Bang, Bang, He's Dead

Saloons, outlaws and whiskey brawls--old-time Western shoot-outs aren't reserved for re-runs of John Wayne shows. Did you know that Doc Holliday (in case you're not familiar with the name, I'm referring to Val Kilmer's character in Tombstone) actually got his start in Dallas? Shocking, huh? Before coming down with gambling fever and a couple of shoot-outs that forced him to flee Dallas, Doc was a respectable dentist. Ever heard of Belle Star? She also got her start in Dallas as a dance hall singer and horse thief, not to mention Jesse James paid her a couple of visits. Prior to 1872, citizens of Dallas had two options: Let local marshals handle lawbreakers or take matters into their own hands. With only 15 marshals to protect upwards of 10,000 citizens, some people chose the latter. Join the gun-fighting action of the "Wild West"--settler-style--for the High Noon Gun Fights that will take place every Saturday at the Dallas Heritage Village through July 14. Come witness early Dallas law and order as they take on lawbreaking criminals using real guns! These high noon fights are free with museum admission. For more information, visit
Saturdays, 12-1 p.m. Starts: June 20. Continues through July 14, 2009


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