John Gottlieb Lang (1862 - 1942)

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John Gottlieb Lang was a participant in the Big Fight at the Jenkins Saloon, also known as the Big Fight or the Tascosa Gunfight. This incident that took place in the Old West town of Tascosa, Texas on 21 March 1886, between members of two Texas Panhandle ranch factions: the LS Ranch's Home Rangers and a group of small ranchers and cattle rustlers known as "The System".

The fight had left John Lang with a bullet through his coat, but without a scratch. John Lang went on to become Amarillo Town Sheriff for a short time before rejoining his family in Oregon. In 1897 he took part in the Klondike Gold Rush. In 1898 he joined the Oregon Volunteers and served in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. After the war, he returned to Oregon. A long-time Democrat, Lang represented his district in the Oregon state legislature. He also served as mayor of Haines, Oregon. From the 1900s until the 1930s, he tried his hand as a gold prospector. He died in April 1942.

The gunfight at Tascosa is little-known today, but at the time it was more famous than the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, having similar causes and involving more fatalities than the Tombstone, Arizona, fight.

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