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A pair of chaps made by “Bad Bob” Meldrum sits on display at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. In the background is a photograph taken of him while he was working as a guard for Telluride mine workers in the early 1900s. Meldrum’s career included stints as a Pinkerton agent, marshal, union strikebreaker and range detective. His life and exploits are featured in a new book about Colorado’s history of outlaws.

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New book chronicles infamous Colorado criminals, including those on the Western Slope

Imagine a place bound by isolation, where an unforgiving landscape surrounds you at all points of the compass, and sometimes the only thing between you and death is how fast you can draw your gun. Imagine that, and you’ve got a picture of what life may have been like in the Old West that Ron Franscell chronicles in “The Crime Buff’s Guide to the Outlaw Rockies,” a collection of historical vignettes published this year by Globe Pequot Press documenting a darker, seamier side of Colorado and Wyoming history.


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