Regarding Soapy's saloon on Sunday's: Actually, in Denver, saloons were forced to close on Sunday's when Soapy owned the Tivoli Club. It was Denver's Rev. Tom Uzzell that Soapy helped out the most. Uzzell was non-denominational and that is the church's Soapy helped out in Denver & Creede, Colorado, and then up in Skagway, Alaska
According to an out of town visitor and congregation leader of Uzzell's, they were being given a tour of the lower criminal parts of Denver when Tom Uzzell happen upon Soapy. Tom introduced Soapy to his visitors, as "the most famous con man in the west...and my friend."
Soapy Smith had a very generous side that is well documented. I am not just saying this because I am a relative. I have hundreds of contemporary newspaper accounts and letters from business leaders, friends, gang members, police officers and clergy that tell of his charity to the poor, in Denver and across the nation.
I always tell people, "when Soapy was good, he was very charitable, but when he was bad, murder was not above reproach."