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This is a photograph of Joseph (Rowdy Joe) Lowe who was born in 1845. Not much is known about Joe until after the Civil War, when he and his wife, "Rowdy" Kate, moved from Illinois to Kansas. They sucessfully owned and operated saloons and dance houses in Ellsworth, Newton, and Wichita. It was in Wichita where Edward "Red" Beard set up a saloon 50 feet from the Lowes' saloon, and the two establishments were soon in hot competition. Beard decided to shoot Rowdy Joe Lowe and a gunfight ensued leaving both men alive but blinding William "Billie" Anderson who was shot in the head. Later that night after the gunfight, Lowe shot and killed Beard from behind. Most considered Lowe had done the town more good than harm by getting rid of Beard, but when Lowe was charged, he and his wife left town.

The couple spent some time in Dodge City but were told to leave. They then traveled to Tombstone, Arizona, where they set up a bar and brothel with Big Nose Kate. In the end, Joe Lowe was killed in Denver, Colorado, by policeman E.A. Kimmel and Rowdy Kate disappeared.

Date: Between 1872 and 1875

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Item Number: 450917
Call Number: B Lowe, Joseph (Rowdy Joe) *1a
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 450917

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