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Talking About Texas Jack in Leadville

Special Event: An Evening with Matthew Kerns - Celebrating Texas Jack in Historic Leadville


We warmly invite you to an enthralling evening with award-winning author Matthew Kerns at the Two Dog Market in Leadville, Colorado, on Friday, December 29, 2023. This event is not just a book talk; it's a journey into the heart of Leadville's rich history through the story of John B. "Texas Jack" Omohundro, America's first cowboy star.


Matthew Kerns, honored with both the Spur Award and the Western Heritage Award, will delve into the life of Texas Jack, whose story is deeply woven into the fabric of Leadville. It's here, in our historic town, that Texas Jack's extraordinary journey came to an end in 1880, and where his memorable funeral was held at the nearby Tabor Opera House. Just steps away from this iconic venue, Two Dog Market provides the perfect setting to explore Texas Jack's legacy and Leadville's place in the annals of the Wild West.


Kerns' book, "Texas Jack: America's First Cowboy Star," offers a vivid portrayal of the man who, alongside his friends Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickok, captivated the nation with their groundbreaking theatrical performances, precursors to the Wild West shows. This event is a rare opportunity to engage with the author and gain insights into how Leadville and Texas Jack's paths intertwined.


The evening will include a thought-provoking Q&A session and a book signing with Matthew Kerns, providing a personal touch to this historical exploration.


Event Details:

  • Date: Friday, December 29, 2023

  • Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Venue: Two Dog Market, just steps from the historic Tabor Opera House, Leadville, Colorado

  • Admission: Free and open to the public

Join us in celebrating the legacy of Texas Jack and the storied history of Leadville, where the past and present merge in a tribute to our Western heritage. We hope to see you there for an unforgettable evening!




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