In a few weeks, Beale Street Theater will be hosting the 3rd Annual Ghost Walk in downtown Kingman, AZ. One of the most infamous gunslingers you’ll hear about down in the dark tours is Tap Duncan. Nobody knows for sure his story, but maybe we can take a peek, eh?
Tap Duncan was known far and wide throughout the west. Born in 1869 Texas, Duncan was a part of a rough and tough family. So rough, in fact, he watched one of his brothers hanged for murder in 1892. With no intent on roaming around the Texas parts with a murderous brother on his soul, Duncan married a woman named Ollie Binion and moved to Idaho to learn the cattle ranch life that same year.
Life could have been pretty sweet for ole’ Duncan, but the rough bunches just couldn’t leave him alone.
Harvey Logan, also known as Kid Curry, made himself quite familiar with our cowboy Tap and that only meant trouble. You see, Kid Curry was a part of the Wild Bunch, a gang of outlaws consisting of infamous Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid. It sure didn’t take Tap Duncan long to find himself into some trouble.
Sooner quicker than later, Duncan himself murdered a man in Idaho 1898.
Rumors have it that Duncan was out for blood, but courts say it was nothing, but self-defense gone sour. We struggle to see the innocence in a certain light.
Either way, Duncan flew from Idaho with Ollie and his family shortly after. He supposedly said goodbye to Kid Curry and the Wild Bunch to start fresh here outside Kingman, Arizona.
But did he?
Multiple reports suggest Tap Duncan never stopped his gunslinging and wild riding. He was officially reported to be a part of the Parachute, Colorado train robbery of 1904, shooting at the law with his Wild Bunch.
But wasn’t he down here in good ole’ Mohave County? And what did that man get up to here?
Guess you’ll just have to wait for the Ghost Walk to find out Tap’s resting place is.
If he ever really did find one…