Luke Short


Luke Short was a cowboy, army scout, dispatch rider, gambler, and owner of the White Elephant Saloon. He is best remembered for his 1887 shootout with Tim “Longhair” Courtwright outside the White Elephant. He moved to Fort Worth after selling his interest in the Longbranch Saloon in Dodge City, Kansas where he was a contemporary of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Bat Masterson. An argument led to his showdown with Courtwright; a gunfight ensued and Courtwright was killed.