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Joseph "Rowdy Joe" Lowe

 

(1845 (?) - February, 1899)

 

Joe Lowe and his wife Kate wandered into Kansas from Illinois where they set up a combination saloon-brothel in West Wichita, Kansas. Following the boom railroad towns they opened similar establishments in Ellsworth and Newton, Kansas. Joe shot and killed a man in Newton and fled custody after killing another in Wichita. He wandered through Texas and finally 'settled' in Denver, Colorado.

 

It was here while drunk and belligerent that he insulted a local police officer. As tempers flared both men went for their guns and Joe was shot dead.

 

Joe Lowe is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.

 

 

Information compiled by Steve Grimm

Drawing by Richard Florence

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