Law and order had its ups and downs in railroad and cowboy culture. Much of the early documentation has been lost, but that which remains demonstrates that Big Spring
may be associated more with the den of iniquity than the alternative.
There is much more to be added to this section, thanks mostly to Mary Federman. You can
get her well-researched survey of the legal history of Howard County at Howard College library, "Crime, Punishment, and Legal Procedure In Howard County, Texas, from 1882 through 1901"
by Mary L. Bailey .
Read all about it: http://howardcountyhistory.webs.com/Sanitized.pdf
On pretty good authority I have heard that Burk frequented this Dive and that the motive of the raid was to get rid of people he owed much money through his poker losses.