Texas Jack Omohundro was a genuine frontier scout before he joined Buffalo Bill Cody on the stage. It is said they were lousy actors, but they sure looked good! This photo shows us what the audiences saw onstage. You can see why they loved them, even if they could not act.
Firearms Editor Phil Spangenberger found this cabinet photo in an antique shop in Randsburg, California, that borders the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where this photo was probably taken around 1900. These passengers must have been important because two mounted and armed guards are escorting the wagon through the mountain pass. – Courtesy Phil Spangenberger –
Jack London, dressed here in his Klondike gear, attracted a lot of fans after he sold his first story, “To the Man on the Trail,” to The Overland Monthly in 1898. The Klondike gold fields excited “jaded readers, grown weary of the stereotyped magazine story of the wild and woolly west...,” the magazine reported in a feature about London in 1920. – Courtesy Huntington Library –
The Huntington Library claims London inscribed the note “This is Buck” on this photograph of the Klondike cabin where Marshall and Louis Bond (pictured) lived with their dog Jack. Buck was the half St. Bernard, half sheepdog who was stolen from a California estate and sold as a sled dog in the Arctic. In London’s The Call of the Wild, he evolved into a fierce animal torn between his loyalty to his master and his desire to reconnect with the wild. – Courtesy Huntington Library –
Thanks to Kyle Lewis! "My great grandfather Jefferson Bingly Yarbrough (center) age 19. When he was 47, he was shot while defending a woman who's husband had just beat her. The shooter didn't get away without consequence, as my grandfather fell from his wound he shot the fleeing subject hitting him in the right elbow with a .45 caliber bullet from his Colt's SAA. The bullet blew the subjects arm off leaving it at the scene of the crime. I have the watch chain he's wearing in this photo."
DODGE CITY PEACE COMMISSION - In 1883, Dodge City, Kansas, hosted the most impressive group of frontier lawmen to sit for a group portrait: (front row, from left) Charlie Bassett, Wyatt Earp, W.F. McLain, Neil Brown; (back row) W.H. Harris, Luke Short, Bat Masterson, W.F. Petillon.