BY JOHN ANDERSON
Rankin Scott Kelly, 1st Sheriff El Paso County, Colorado Territory 1861-1867
This presentation is based on research for a book by John Wesley Anderson and published by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS). This non-fiction book, Rankin Scott Kelly, 1st Sheriff El Paso County, Colorado Territory 1861-1867 is based on the true life and times of the first lawman in the Pikes Peak Region. Attempting to conceal his darkest secret, Kelly traveled west on the Santa Fe Trail, arriving with a wagon train in Colorado City on June 5, 1860. He was appointed Sheriff the following year, when the Colorado Territory was established and his first duty was to arrest seven cattle rustlers, known as the Salt Lake City Jim Gang, which ended with Sheriff Kelly killing two men and wounding a third, the first of his many gunfights with outlaw gangs.
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