"These women of the Wild West shot down the view that life as a female pioneer was about cooking, sewing, cleaning and caring for children." ~Women of the Wild West
Celia Ann "Mattie" Blaylock
The man: Wyatt Earp The other woman...
Josephine "Sadie" Marcus
A smolderingly good-looking woman born in 1861, Josephine Marcus came to Tombstone, Arizona, while touring with a theater group performing Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore. The proposal to marry sheriff John Behan did not work out. When she met Wyatt Earp, they reportedly fell in love. This young lady was supposedly the reason behind the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral -- a 30-second flurry of gunfire involving Wild West superstars Doc Holliday, the Clayton Brothers, and the Earps. She passed away in 1944 and claimed until her dying day that Wyatt Earp was her one and only true love.
Born Martha Jane Canary in Missouri around 1856, Jane was a sharpshooter by the time she was a young woman. She received her nickname, Calamity Jane, when she rescued an army captain in South Dakota after their camp was attacked by Native Americans. Jane was said to be a whiskey-drinking, "don't-mess-with-me" kind of gal. She is reported to have saved the lives of six stagecoach passengers in 1876 when they were attacked by Native Americans, and she joined Buffalo Bill's show in the mid-1890s. Though she married a man named Burk at age 33, when Jane died in 1903, she asked to be buried next to Wild Bill Hickok. Rumor has it that Hickok was the only man she ever loved.
Myra Maybelle Shirley Reed Starr was born in Carthage, MO in 1848. Frank & Jesse James's gang hid out at her family's farm when she was a kid, thus, her first introduction to outlaw life. Later, when her husband Jim Reed shot a man, the two went on the run, robbing banks and counterfeiting. In 1866, Belle met outlaw Cole Younger, who arrived with the James-Younger Gang. Younger would later deny their love affair, Belle obviously kept him in her heart naming her ranch in Indian Territory Younger’s Flats. Starr wore feathers in her hair, buckskins & a pistol on each hip. Riding her horse in 1889 she was shot in the back -- whether accident or murder remains a mystery.
One of Denver's most successful "Madams" in the 1880s was Jennie Rogers who built a 2 story building at 1942 Market St that became a luxury brothel called the "House of Mirrors". Standing 6 feet tall, Jennie Rogers never hesitated to use her stature to ruthlessly intimidate and blackmail Denver businessmen and she had a temper. When she caught her lover, Jack Wood, in the arms of another woman, Jennie shot him. She said she shot him because she loved him, and sure enough, when Jack recovered, she married him.
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