When Justice Came to the Plains— Judge William Gaslin, Jr., and Frontier Law in Western Nebraska, 1876‒1889

Judge William Gaslin has been compared to Judge Isaac Parker and Judge Roy Bean because all three sternly handed out justice on the western frontier in the 1800s. Gaslin administered the sixth judicial district of Nebraska, more than 70,000 square miles infested with gangs, horse and cattle thieves, and other criminals. Gaslin's story is told in rollicking prose underpinned by scholarly rigor. More

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About Ronald Switzer

Ronald R. Switzer is a retired National Park Service executive and park superintendent. He is an anthropologist by education and holds B. A. and M. A. degrees from the University of New Mexico. He is the author of numerous books, articles and special reports on archaeology and history in the American West, particularly the Southwest. His book The Bertrand Bottles: A Study of 19th-Century Glass and Ceramic Containers is considered a classic work in the field of underwater archaeology. His most recent book is The Steamboat Bertrand and Missouri River Commerce, published by the University of Oklahoma Press (2013).

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