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Notable Old West Personalities(Not in order)
by Dan Belcher. Saint Louis Mo. USA
Photo by Jorge Wiegand
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Here you will see a few examples of famous characters of the wild west:
* Crazy Horse - "Tashunka Witko" 1842 – 1877
Chief Crazy Horse is known as the greatest warrior ever of the Oglala Sioux (Teton Lakota). He was fearless in battle, quiet and reserved in camp, kind to his people, always helping the needy. His most famous battle was that of the Little Big Horn where Crazy Horse along with Sitting Bull and other chiefs were able to outflank Custer’s soldiers and kill them. On the day of the battle, as he often said when going into battle, Crazy Horse encouraged his warriors by shouting “Hoka Hey! It is a good time to die!” Yet, on this most furiously fought battle, he again did not receive a wound.
* Sitting Bull - "Tatanka Iyotaka" 1831-1890
He was the principal chief of the Dakota Sioux, who were driven from their reservation in the Black Hills by miners in 1876, and took up arms against the whites and friendly Indians, refusing to be transported to the Indian territory. In June, 1876, they defeated and massacred Gen. George A. Custer's advance party of Gen. Alfred H. Terry's column, which was sent against them, on Little Big Horn River.
* "Wild Bill" Hickok - James Butler Hickok 1837-1876
was born in Troy Grove, Illinois, on May 27, 1837. Famous for his lethal gun skills, as well as his professional gambling, he was a U.S. town marshal who unsuccessfully tried show business for a while after he got fired from his marshal job for shooting more than just bad guys.
In Deadwood, on August 2, 1876, at Sweeney's Silver Dollar Saloon, Wild Bill was shot dead while playing a game of low stakes poker at his usual table in the corner near the door. Wild Bill held a pair of eights, and a pair of Aces, which ever since that moment have been known as a "dead man's hand."
* Billy "The Kid" - Henry McCarty (November 23, 2859(1) - July 14, 1881)
was better known as Billy the Kid, but also known by the aliases Henry Antrim and William Harrison Bonney. He was a 19th Century American Frontier outlaw and gunman. He was reputed to have killed 21 men, one for each year of his life.
* Annie Oakley - Phoebe Ann Oakley Mozee (Aug. 13, 1860- Nov. 3, 1926)
Whether it be a pistol, rifle, or shotgun, the legendary markswoman Annie Oakley was masterful with them all. Dubbed "Little Sure Shot" by Chief Sitting Bull (she was 5 feet tall), her sharp shooting in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show won her many awards and captivated audiences far and wide. Her name remains synonymous with firearms and entertainment.
* Geronimo - Goyaa³é 'One Who Yawns' (June 16, 1829- February 17, 1909)
was a prominent Bedonkohe Apache leader of the Chiricahua Apache, led his people's defense of their homeland against the U.S. military after the death of Cochise.
* "Buffalo Bill" Cody - William Frederick Cody (1846-1917)
known as Buffalo Bill, served as U.S. army scout, a buffalo hunter for the railroad, and as a renowned prairie scouts. He is probably best know as the man who gave the "Wild West" its name. In 1883, Cody created the Wild West show, a vehicle that propelled him to fortune and worldwide fame and helped create a lasting image of the American West.
* Jesse James - Jesse Woodson James (Sept. 5, 1847 - April 3, 1882)
After fighting with a guerrilla group in the Civil War, he and his brother Frank James, and members of the James Gang, led numerous bank, train, and stagecoach robberies in and around Missouri, before Jesse was murdered for a reward by Robert Ford, a gang member. He became a figure of folklore after his death.