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Interesting story in today's news:

Chandler to be site of Oklahoma law enforcement museum

Associated Press - March 19, 2008 10:35 AM ET

CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma Law Enforcement Museum and Hall of Fame is planned for Chandler, home of 1 of the state's most famous lawmen.

Plans unveiled yesterday indicate the project could cost from $6 million to $8 million. It would be built next to an old armory off State Highway 66.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Bill Tilghman homesteaded in Oklahoma in the late 1800s and was a longtime resident of Chandler.

Carl Reherman, the president of the museum's board of directors, says temporary quarters for the museum in downtown Chandler could be open early next year.

Tilghman was elected Lincoln County sheriff in 1900 and served as state senator for a year before taking a job as Oklahoma City's police chief in 1911.

He retired in 1914 and made a motion picture, "The Passing of Oklahoma City Outlaws."

He was appointed marshal of Cromwell in 1924 and on Nov. 1st of that year was shot and killed while escorting notorious federal prohibition agent Wiley Lynn to jail.
 
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The Daily Oklahoman also ran an article on this decision that included an interview with the Lt. Governor.
 
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