George “Devil” Davis

George “Devil” Davis was the first African American in Tonopah. He was known for being a joker and a prankster, and was beloved by the entire community, regardless of race. George worked hard, becoming the political leader of the African American community and eventually came to own his own saloon, which he named The Eureka. However, George had a dark side. Witnesses said that George was an abusive husband. On the night of June 22nd 1907, his wife, Ruth, came into the saloon and shot George in the back. She continued to fire as he went down. Ruth only served one year for his killing.

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