The Myths of the Wild West By Bradan and Barrett
Vigilantes the hero of the West. These were self appointed law enforcers who hunted down thieves and criminals. There were multiple groups in Wyoming, Colorado, California, and Texas. (These are groups that were caught.) They were often opposed by the government as they were unofficial and often violent. There were multiple shootouts between vigilante and the U.S. Army. The ones who were caught were often hung without trial even when the public stood up to the hangings. However smaller towns often used vigilante justice as it was cheaper and multiple committees were formed to fund and supply more vigilante.