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The Many Lives of Olive Oatman, Tattooed Captive of the West

In the summer of 1850, the Oatman family headed west with visions of a promised land in the…

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The Invisibly Adventurous Life of Josephine Marcus Earp

When Josephine Marcus Earp died in Los Angeles on December 19, 1944, her small memorial attracted little attention…

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The Wives of Wyatt Earp, from Aurilla Sutherland to Sadie Marcus

Wyatt Earp spent his Old West career walking the fine line between lawman and outlaw, so it should…

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7 Famous Native American Women with Remarkable Stories

Meet seven courageous Native American women who impacted the history of the Old West. Old West history and…

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7 Intriguing Facts that Reveal the Truth about Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane was a legend of Old West lore more famous for being famous than anything else. Her…

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9 Curious Facts About Annie Oakley, Sharpshooter Extraordinaire

Annie Oakley was no pioneer, but Little Miss Sureshot is arguably the single most famous woman of the…

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10 Fascinating Facts about Stagecoach Mary, Motherly Wild West Pioneer

Few women and even fewer former slaves lived as authentic a life in the Old West as Mary…

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Soiled Doves: 5 Famous Prostitutes of the Old West

The vast majority of the settlers, trappers, prospectors, and outlaws of the Old West were men. Lonely, horny men.

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Women of the Wild West

There is not one singular definition of a Wild West woman: the history of the pioneer American West…

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Laura Bullion: The Thorny Rose of the Old West

When an 85-year-old Memphis seamstress died in 1961, she was buried beneath a tombstone with three lines of…

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The Short, Tragic Life of Mattie Blaylock, Wyatt Earp’s Second Wife

Celia Ann “Mattie” Blaylock was a prostitute and the common-law wife of Wyatt Earp, a western frontiersman famous…