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Jack Slade: Bad Man of Virginia Dale Feb. 4

January 28, 2010

Jack Slade is a controversial figure in the history of the American West. He's said to have killed his first man at the age of 13 and as many as 45 men in all before a group of vigilantes hung him for 'contempt of court.' Mark Twain met Slade when he was traveling west by stagecoach and called him "a pleasant person, friendly and gentle-spoken."

Thursday, Feb. 4, 9:30 a.m.
Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church
1200 S. Taft Hill Road

Robert Meroney, historian and emeritus professor of engineering, CSU, will give a dramatic, multimedia presentation on a Colorado legend, Jack Slade. The program is free & refreshments are provided by members of CSU Women's Association.

Jack Slade: Stagecoach superintendent

The extraordinary Slade was superintendent of the toughest portion of the Overland Stage route between Julesburg, Colorado and Fort Bridger, Wyoming, between 1859 and 1864.

Controversial figure

The son of an Illinois congressman, Slade killed his first man at 13. He has been characterized as a gunman, soldier, Indian fighter, stagecoach superintendant, faithful husband, honest man, dangerous drunk, and vicious killer. He remains controversial even today. He may have killed as many as 45 men.

Slade established the route, hired the men, and directed the Overland Stage line from Julesburg through Denver to Fort Bridger, Wyoming between 1859 to 1864. He was eventually hung in Virginia City, Montana for 'contempt of court!'

Slade has been characterized in numerous books, magazines, movies and TV Westerns.

Event sponsorship

This event is being sponsored by the Colorado State University Women's Association

Contact: Lana Olsson