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Denver Behind Bars Lenny Ortiz

Denver Behind Bars

Lenny Ortiz

Published November 1st 2004
ISBN : 9781593302320
Paperback
248 pages
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Denver Behind Bars details the many adventures of the frontier sheriffs of Arapahoe County (Denver) and stories from the county jails. The publication also features history on the Denver Police jails and the opening of the Colorado State PenitentiaryMoreDenver Behind Bars details the many adventures of the frontier sheriffs of Arapahoe County (Denver) and stories from the county jails. The publication also features history on the Denver Police jails and the opening of the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City. Many of the notable figures in the publication are: James W. Denver, Ned Wyncoop, David Cook, Richard Sopris, Deputy Sheriff Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp and the famous gunslinger dentist Doc Holliday, who spent time in the county jail just days after the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Denver Behind Barslists the many escapes, breakouts, trials and describes the Denver jail, which was used as a Confederate prison and details the last legal public execution in Colorado. It reviews the transition of government from Arapahoe County to the City & County of Denver in 1902 and why Denver chose to rebel against the state by becoming the first home rule town under the Rush Amendment. Listed are first hand accounts by wardens and guards who served in the jails and a detailed scandal involving the Denver Sheriffs Office. The timeline is from 1858 with Ned Wyncoop serving as Colorados first sheriff until 1956 with the opening of the Denver County Jail on Smith Road. Denver Behind Bars is the most comprehensive history of the sheriffs and jails of Denver ever published.