ecently on a history discussion board the difference between nineteenth century criminal gangs and criminal organizations was debated.
Considering all of the above it is my opinion that Soapy Smith and the Soap Gang were definitely a criminal organization. What say you?
"There was hardly a straight [honest] game in the city, and bunco steerers were deployed at the railroad depot and at hotels to steer strangers against the dishonest houses. If the victim squealed, police arrested the victim, then provided evidence to charge him as drunk and disorderly."
——Governor Davis Waite, Colorado
1741: Benjamin Franklin publishes America’s second magazine The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle.
1804: After pirates seize U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, Lt. Stephen Decatur leads a raid to burn the ship.
1857: The National Deaf Mute College (later renamed Gallaudet College), in Washington, DC is incorporated. It is the first school in the world for advanced education of the deaf.
1857: Fort Des Moines in officially becomes Des Moines, Iowa.
1862: Around 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrender to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant during the U.S. Civil War at Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
1868: The Jolly Corks organization in New York City changes its name to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE).
1878: The silver dollar becomes U.S. legal tender.
1881: Outlaw Dave Rudabaugh is sentenced to 99 years for stealing the U.S. Mail after pleading guilty in New Mexico Territory.
1883: Ladies Home Journal begins publication.
1898: Sylvester Scovel of The World distinguishes himself with tireless coverage of the Maine disaster and its aftermath. He becomes a friend of Soapy Smith while living in Skagway, Alaska.