Perhaps no other time in America's history is as steeped in myth, legend, and adventure as the pioneering age of the "Wild West. Our list begins on the next page with "The Rose of Cimarron," whose rebelliousness runs in the family. In a family of outlaws, it was only a matter of time before "The Rose of Cimarron" was working in the business, too. Dunn met Doolin Gang member George Newcomb and joined him as he and his crew robbed stagecoaches and banks. During a particularly nasty gunfight, Dunn risked her life to supply Newcomb with a gun and bullets and helped him escape after he was wounded in battle. Dunn died around in her mid-seventies, a respectable citizen married to a local politician.
I n the American imagination, the rugged, vast landscapes of the West are dotted with solitary men on horseback—cowboys, outlaws, sheriffs. What brought women to places like California and Wyoming, and what lives could they lead there? Did Western women experience the same freedoms and adventures as their male counterparts? A land of contradictions as well as opportunity — Virginia Scharff.
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Before his untimely death, Texas Jack became a legendary figure in the American Old West as a Western showman performing dramas on the stage throughout the country, and was immortalized in dime novels published around the world. He attended grammar school in Fluvanna and at an early age showed a strong skill in hunting and fishing. He was twice refused for his age, but was allowed to serve as a courier at the headquarters of the Virginia Militia under Major General John B. Because of his youth and knowledge of the countryside, he became known as the "Boy Scout of the Confederacy".