Born: November 21, 1860, near Memphis, Scotland County,
Died: November 20, 1903 (age 42), Cheyenne, Wyoming
Horn was an American Old West lawman, scout, soldier, hired gunman,
detective, outlaw and assassin. On the day before his 43rd birthday, he
was hanged for murder.
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Tom Horn? Try this
US Old West History Made Easy Quiz. "Check
Your Answers" at the end of the page.
1. At sixteen, he headed to the American Southwest, where he joined
the US Cavalry as a scout and became involved in the Apache Wars.
2. What Arizona range was is Horn suppose to have participated in?
- Hooker-Parker Feud
- Pleasant Valley War
- Apache Pass War
3. He worked in Colorado for a time as a deputy sheriff, where he
drew the attention of the Pinkerton detective agency due to his
abilities in tracking. He was hired by the agency around late 1889 or
early 1890. In his four years of employment with the Pinkerton Detective
Agency, how many men did Horn kill?
- Seventeen men
- Five men
- Ten men
4. In 1894, he is terminated from employment. What was the reason?
- Committed robbery
- Killing on American Indian
- Shooting his boss
5. He hired out as a range detective for various wealthy ranchers in
Wyoming and Colorado, specifically during the , when he worked for the
Stock Grower's Association during what range war?
- Cowboy War
- Coyote Range War
- Johnson County War
6. During his involvement in the Wilcox Train Robbery investigation,
Horn obtained information from explosives expert Bill Speck that
revealed which of the robbers had killed Sheriff Josiah Hazen, who had
been shot and killed during the pursuit of the robbers. Who was believed
to have killed Sheriff Hazen?
- Butch Cassidy
- Sundance Kid
- Kid Curry
7. In 1898, he joined the Army to fight in Cuba during the
Spanish-American war. He never made it to Cuba because what did he
8. In 1901, Horn began working for wealthy cattle baron John C.
Coble. On July 19, 1901, Horn happened to be in the area where Willie
Nickell, the 14-year-old son of a sheep herding rancher, was murdered.
It occurred in the Iron Mountain country of Wyoming. In 1903, who
arrested Horn for the murder?
- Joe Lefors
- Buckey O'Neill
- Tim McCoy
9. On the morning of November 20, 1903, after a large breakfast, Tom
Horn was led to the gallows, where straps were buckled around his arms
and legs. By all accounts, Tom was the least nervous of anyone at the
event, even to the point of joking with the sheriffs gathered to witness
the hanging. A noose was fitted around his neck, and the bound man was
lifted onto the trap-door, which started the 'machine'. Thirty-one
seconds later, the trap doors opened and the life of the range detective
10. Where is Tom Horn buried?
- Columbia Cemetery, Boulder, Colorado
- Mount Washington Cemetery, Independence, Missouri
- Forest Park Cemetery, Houston, Texas