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A bullwhacker with his whip, circa 1850s. These were the men and sometimes women who walk alongside the freight wagons cracking bullwhips to keep the yoked oxen moving, made camp every evening to feed, water and rest themselves and their beasts.

"A bullwhacker with his whip, circa These were the men and sometimes women who walk alongside the freight wagons cracking bullwhips to keep the yoked oxen moving, made camp every evening to feed, water and rest themselves and their beasts.

John Salmon Ford, photographed while serving as a Colonel in the Confederate 2nd Texas Cavalry during the War Between the States. Original photograph circa 1860 to 1865. (Via Wikimedia commons

John Salmon Ford, photographed while serving as a Colonel in the Confederate Texas Cavalry during the War Between the States. Original photograph circa 1860 to (Via Wikimedia commons

George Armstrong Custer poses with his Indian scouts during the Black Hills expedition of 1874.  The man pointing at the map was named "Bloody Knife", a member of the Cree tribe.  Photo by William Illigworth.

George Armstrong Custer poses with his Indian scouts during the Black Hills expedition of The man pointing to the map was named "Bloody Knife," a member of the Cree tribe. Photograph by William Illingworth. (Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Martha Jane Canary (May 1, 1852 – August 1, 1903), better known as Calamity Jane, was an American frontierswoman, and professional scout best known for her claim of being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok, but also for having gained fame fighting Native Americans. She is said to have also exhibited kindness and compassion, especially to the sick and needy. "By the time we reached Virginia City I was considered a remarkable good shot and a fearless rider for a girl of my age."

Calamity Jane Calamity Jane was as Martha Jane Cannary in Princeton, Missouri, within Mercer County.

Luther Sage Kelly, also called "Yellowstone Kelly", born 1849 and died 1928; scout and frontiersman.

Luther Sage Kelly, also called "Yellowstone Kelly", born 1849 and died scout and frontiersman. Looks like Stacey Keach.

Charles Rath trader at Walnut Creek ranch.  Took over the trading post after Peacock, the previous owner, was murdered.

Charles Rath trader at Walnut Creek ranch. Took over the trading post after Peacock, the previous owner, was murdered.

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Martha Canary, a. “Calamity Jane” in She was an American frontierswoman known for being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok and appearing in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show as a storyteller.

JESSE CHISHOLM... bi-racial  Cherokee trader, founded the route across Indian Territory into Kansas that became a famous cattle trail, the Chisholm Trail. These trail-rides came up from Texas through Oklahoma, Shackelford men saw and talked about them all the time.

Jesse Chisholm, half-breed Cherokee trader who founded the route across Indian Territory into Kansas that became a famous cattle trail, the Chisholm Trail. (my great grandfather drove his cattle North along the Chisholm Trail from Yoakum, Texas)

B.K. O'Dwyer, Government scout, Wagonmaster, and Dodge City Saloon Keeper. 1870

CDV Autographed Photograph of B. O'Dwyer - Scout, Wagon Master, Saloon Keeper ca

Nice Studio photograph of Captain Jack Crawford, known as "The Poet Scout". Civil War veteran, Old West Scout, and Popular Poet of Western Lore. Crawford was Scout for Gen. Phil Sheridan, Gen. George Crook and good friend to Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill Cody, who featured Crawford in his Wild West Show for many years.

Captain Jack Crawford, known as "The Poet Scout". Civil War veteran, Old West Scout, and Popular Poet of Western Lore. Crawford was Scout.

Wyatt Earp (seated) and William Barclay "Bat" Masterson, Dodge City, Kansas, 1876.

Wyatt Earp (seated) and William Barclay "Bat" Masterson, Dodge City, Kansas,

Joe Richeaud, "Buckskin Joe" was the son of a French trapper and a Souix woman. He was with General Custer at the Battle of the Wichiteau in 1868 and at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876.

Photo Courtesy Utah State Historical SocietyJoe Richeaud, "Buckskin Joe" was the son of a French trapper and a Souix woman. He was with General Custer at the Battle of the Wichiteau in 1868 and at the Battle of Little Big Horn in

Scots-Irish & Cherokee... Although they had a reputation as fierce Indian fighters, many Scots-Irish settled down with Native American wives.  (Fm Scots / Ulster Scots FB page)

Although they had a reputation as fierce Indian fighters, many Scots-Irish settled down with Native American wives. (Fm an Ulster-Scot friend)

arikara scout and little bighorn fallen hero arikara pride

Arikara scout and Little Bighorn fallen hero ARIKARA PRIDE Bloody Knife was born in 1840 to an Hunkpapa Sioux father and a Ree mother.

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