Story, first published: New Western Magazine, Sept. 1944
The crusaders of the title, are newspapermen who stand up to corrupt town bosses in the old West. Simak was a newspaperman all his life, and this tale speaks to his convictions on the subject. ...
I was impressed by "Trail City's Hot-Lead Crusaders" decades ago, but a recent rereading suggests it is a fairly conventional Western tale, less creative than Simak's SF.
Grost, Michael E.: Visitors From Science Fiction