TV show, Craig book signing target Western figure Tom Horn |

TV show, Craig book signing target Western figure Tom Horn

History will come alive in the next few days for Moffat County residents.

The Museum of Northwest Colorado will host a book signing and presentation by Larry Ball, the writer of "Tom Horn: In Life and Legend." Ball's book chronicles the life details of 19th-century Western figure Horn, who went from being a scout for the U.S. Cavalry to a career with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency's Denver office, walking the line between his official title as a lawman and that of a cold-blooded killer.

Horn's notorious reputation, capped by a hanging in 1903 after a controversial murder trial, remains intact today, though Ball's book is focused on doing away with some of the grandeur that has resulted from other books about the man.

Museum staff member Jan Gerber said she has not yet had a chance to read Ball's work, though she knows setting apart fact and fiction can be difficult when recalling history.

"I hope he gets it right," she said.

A press release from Ball notes that, like many Western names, Tom Horn has been looked on kinder in retrospect, thanks to treatment from television and films.

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An episode of the TV show "Gunslingers" titled "Tom Horn: Grim Reaper of the Rockies" is set to premiere on the American Heroes Channel on Sunday. Among those who will be seen on the show are author Diana Allen Kouris, who has written extensively about Moffat County's Browns Park, which was part of Routt County in Horn's days, as well as the museum's own Dan Davidson.

Davidson said recounting Horn's life via interviews was an interesting experience, though filled with some nasty information about how Horn dispatched with cattle rustlers in the area, not far off from outlaws such as Billy the Kid or Jesse James.

"He really had an impact," Davidson said. "He intimidated everybody, not just rustlers."

Davidson said he was happy to get Ball to come to Craig, adding that he thought Ball's book may be the definitive one about its subject.

"He's really a good writer, and he pulled some good things to show what kind of character (Horn) was, not one most of us would ever care to meet," Davidson said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or

If you go

What: Larry Ball book signing

When: 4 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave.

Details: Ball is the author of “Tom Horn: In Life and Legend,” and will give a presentation about the titular Western figure, whose activities took him across Colorado, Wyoming and other parts of the region in the 1800s and early 1900s. An episode of the television show “Gunslingers” also will focus on Horn, airing at 8 p.m. MST Sunday on the American Heroes Channel. For more information, call 970-824-6360.