Railroad engineer Tex McKay is in Dodge City looking for a job after his single engine rail line in Texas went bust. He likes to tell tall tales about the high speeds he drove engines at and the lives he saved which always lead to fights with other rail workers. After the latest fight Earp arrests Tex but the local railroad needs an engineer so Mr. Bates pays Tex's fine and puts him on a short line. Upon his return another fight ensues forcing Earp to put Tex and his fireman Woody in jail. Bates asks Earp to let Tex make one more emergency run before jailing him. Earp reluctantly agrees to the deal. Tex notices they have welded a stop on his throttle which he removes. Tex's excessive speed leads to a crash and a story by Tex causing the arrest of Mike Denby for putting a rail on the track. Earp doesn't believe Tex but he must follow orders to arrest Denby. A judge lets Denby off but Tex's friends decide otherwise putting Earp in the middle. In the end Tex reveals a secret to Earp but ... Written by
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The Ballad of Tex McKay, acclaimed in song as the drivingest hogger of the old Santa Fe Railroad, was like most of the fables about cowhand and railroad heroes had not much poetry and very little truth. But since Dodge City was both a cow town and a railroad town, Marshal Wyatt Earp occasionally became entangled with the lone cowhand from the Rio Grande or with a hero on the hoof, like Tex McKay, the bravest of the brave engineers. Marshal Earp likely died from it.