O2318 / Scott 2869R
Legends Of The West
Collins Anecdotal Note
In his younger days, Bill was a frontiersman, scout, and buffalo hunter. He then became one of the best early lawmen - bringing many of the outlaws (such as the one
holding up the stagecoach on my "Overland Mail" cover) to justice.
After giving up his badge, he moved to Oklahoma and started a successful ranch. The First Day postmark is from Lawton in that state. He concluded his working life by
becoming an Oklahoma state senator. The activities on an early western ranch involved many skills such as roping and riding. Captured wild mustangs had to be "broken" to the
saddle, and my Collins cachet shows Tilghman on his ranch riding a buckin' bronco. This essential ranch task evolved into one of the most exciting of rodeo events. Through his
varied life, this scout, hunter, lawman, rancher, and state senator experienced first hand the exploration, expansion, and development of this vast area. Bill Tilghman - a Legend
of the West.