February 26, 1846: Born, Buffalo Bill Cody. Bill got his first job at the age of 11, as a "boy extra" on a wagon train. A few years later he signed up with the Pony Express, then as a teamster delivering supplies. When he was old enough, he became a scout for the Army, sometimes scouting for buffalo, sometimes for Indians. Then he recreated it all in his Wild West Show, which brought the thrill of the Wild West to people all over Europe and America.
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 60+ Beautiful Old Photos of Life in the Real Wild West
Cole Younger & Frank James’ Wild West Show In 1903, two famous outlaws of the Old West lent their names to the “Cole Younger and Frank James Historical Wild West Show.” A Missouri newspaper proclaimed, “The show is without exception the poorest ever seen in our city.” Neither reformed outlaw actually performed. Cole Younger (above left) was released from the Minnesota state prison in 1901 and was prohibited by his parole agreement from actually appearing in the show.
Annie Oakley! She was the first woman Buffalo Bill hired for his Wild West show and was a trailblazer who challenged stereotypes about women of the time. Not only could she out-shoot men, she was out-earning most of them. Oakley also used her celebrity to campaign for a woman's right to paid employment and equal pay.
Emma Lake (1889) Emma Lake, 1889. Miss Hickok, or Emma Lake, was a stepdaughter of James Butler Hickok, better known as "Wild Bill Hickok", gunfighter, scout and lawman, a famous figure in the American Old West. She was also one of the Buffalo Gals of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Shows.
This photograph was taken in 1895, and shows Calamity Jane. Calamity Jane was a colorful figure from the Old West. She was friends with Wild Bill Hickock, and in later years was a member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Calamity Jane died on this day, August 1, in the year 1903. She was buried next to Wild Bill.