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Waldo E. Koop

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Years active  1960–1990
Born  March 23, 1920 (1920-03-23) Kansas
Occupation  Engineer Historian Author Researcher
Died  23 April 1990, Kansas, United States
Books  Rowdy Joe Lowe: Gambler with a Gun

Waldo E. Koop (1920-1990) was a writer of Western history, a researcher, and author of publications about Billy the Kid and "Rowdy Joe" Lowe.



Waldo E. Koop was the son of John K. Koop and Katie Schmidt of Harvey County, Kansas. His father was a store keeper for a railroad, and his mother operated a laundry at home. He married Bette J. Young


As a career, Waldo E. Koop was an engineer for Boeing. He was called one of the nation's finest researchers by local and state historians, and was credited in the series of Time Life books on the Old West for his research on gunfighters. Koop discovered that Henry McCarty, later known as Billy the Kid, spent time in Wichita, Kansas, where he saw his first gunfight. He published his findings in 1965 in the book, Billy the Kid: the Trail of a Kansas Legend.


  • Billy the Kid, The Trail of a Kansas Legend (Trail Guide), by Waldo E. Koop, 1965
  • Rowdy Joe Lowe: Gambler With a Gun, by Joseph G. Rosa and Waldo E. Koop, Oct. 1989
  • Book Review: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WESTERN GUNFIGHTERS, The Journal of Arizona History, Vol. 20, No. 4, by Waldo E. Koop, 1979
  • Waldo Koop Research Collection, by Waldo E. Koop, 1965-1990
  • References

    Waldo E. Koop Wikipedia