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Tom Horn: Home

Learn more about the infamous Tom Horn, his trial and execution in 1903. This guide also include a bibliography and where to find additional information.


(WSA Sub Neg 2089, Tom Horn with a rope he braided, taken in the Sheriff's Office during his trial, Cheyenne, Wyoming 1902)

Thomas Horn, Jr. was born November 21, 1861 in rural Scotland County, Missouri.  After enduring a difficult childhood, Horn left the family farm and went west, where he worked as a US Army scout, lawman, cowboy, detective, and hired gunman.  He is most remembered for killing Willie Nickell near Iron Mountain, Wyoming in 1902.  After a long, sensational trial, Horn was found guilty and was hung on November 20, 1903. He is buried in Boulder, Colorado.           

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