In 1876, Bat joined his brothers in Dodge City, Kansas. His brother Ed was assistant marshal. Soon after his arrival, Masterson came into conflict with the local marshal over the treatment of a man being arrested. He was jailed and fined, although his fine was later returned by the city council. He served as a sheriff’s deputy alongside Wyatt Earp, and within a few months he was elected county sheriff of Ford County, Kansas.
That leaves us with the question about Buffalo Bill Cody and Wyatt Earp. Writer Gary Speer asked that same question in his recent blog, with the following observation.
“Cody and Earp were close to the same age. Sources put Cody’s birth in Iowa in 1846 (1845 in early writings, but since corrected); Earp was born in Illinois in 1848. Cody died in Denver, Colorado, in 1917; Earp died in Los Angeles, California, in 1929. Both men spent time in and out of Kansas and the Great Plains in general. I’ve seen accounts that Earp at least met and may have spent some time with “Wild Bill” Hickok – and Cody definitely can be linked clearly to Hickok, even doing some abortive stage acting with Hickok in the 1870s.”
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