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‘Martin Duggan killed my great-uncle’

Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 2:00 pm

The article in the Aug. 15 Herald, “Street newly named Duggan Drive,” got my attention, because Martin Duggan killed my great-uncle, Louis Lamb, in November 1880. I feel qualified to tell this event, because I own Mindy’s Bible, in which my mother wrote this event as it was told to her way back when.

The vigilantes and the city council were cleaning up Leadville, somewhat. One of the catalysts for this new civilization was the murder of Martin Duggan, Leadville’s most famous marshal. This story has been chronicled at least three times: once by the newspapers, once by Ed Blair in his very good book, “Leadville the Magic City,” and in my brother’s book, “Leadville U.S.A.”

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