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As a kid I used to love watching the Annie Oakley show. Of course this is the real Annie Oakley.

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Photo of Annie Oakley shooting over her back using a mirror to spot her target.---pretty cool.

Sterling Bicycle AD (c1890~c1900), featuring Legendary Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley, mid 1880s: corseted in foreground, not in background, short skirts in both costumes, and hair worn loose for more youthful appearance.

Keeper of the Plains, Sunset, Wichita, Kansas. The Keeper of the Plains in Wichita, Kansas was created in 1974 and placed at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers. The 44', 5 ton stylized sculpture of an Indian Chief was designed by Native American artist Blackbear Bosin. I met Mr. Bosin when I worked at Acme Lithographers in Wichita, Kansas.

Everything Was Fake but Her Wealth ~ Strange tale of Ida Wood, who checked into the New York Herald Square Hotel with her sister in 1907 — and never opened the door of her suite again until 1931, when the sister died. By then Ida was 93 and deaf, but far from destitute, thanks to 750,000 dollars in cash hidden around the room and 54 trunks of gowns and jewels in the hotel basement.

No other state’s history is so entwined with the American Civil War as that of the Sunflower State. By the time the war officially began in 1861, Kansas and Missouri had already been fighting for six years. The passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act left the Kansas Territory wide open for white settlement, and the stage was set for a battle that would ignite the nation. From the exploits of John Brown to the Lawrence and Pottawatomie Massacres and the many other battles, Bisel tells Kansas' story.