Cowgirls with guns & woolies. Watch out...

Cowgirls with guns & woolies. Watch out. Who said cowgirls weren't tough back in the day?

Cattle Annie and Little Britches have been mostly forgotten in the annals of western history, but not in the Oklahoma and Indian Territories. They were two of the most famous female outlaws ever to strap on a six gun. They were a cattle thieving couple from the Indian Nation of Oklahoma who only flourished for a couple of years before being caught. They were known to be closely associated with the infamous Wild Bunch.

Cattle Annie & Little Britches, famous female outlaws, were a cattle-thieving couple from the Indian Nation of Oklahoma who only flourished for a couple of years before being caught. They were known to be closely associated with the infamous Wild Bunch.

John Jarrette Member of William Clarke Quantrill’s Guerrillas     He Rode with Quantrill during the raid on Lawrence, Kansas in 1863, and with Bloody Bill Anderson during the massacre at Centralia, Missouri 1864. After the war, Jarrette joined the Jesse James gang, and was a suspect in the robbery of the bank in Kentucky in 1868. In the photo he wears a captured Union waistbelt plate in the photo. via http://thecivilwarparlor.tumblr.com

John Jarrette Member of William Clarke Quantrill’s Guerrillas He Rode with Quantrill during the raid on Lawrence, Kansas in and with Bloody Bill Anderson during the massacre at Centralia,.

Hot Springs,Arkansas : Jesse James and the Younger Brothers were fond of robbing stagecoaches near Hot Springs. Apparently, it was something to brag about. Here's a photo of three Arkansas men who were robbed of $3000 and some valuables. They commemorated the event by painting "Robbed by Jesse James January 15, 1874 on top of their stagecoach. This was supposedly the first of a string of James-Younger holdups on the road between Malvern and Hot Springs.

Hot Springs,Arkansas : Jesse James and the Younger Brothers were fond of robbing…

Frank Eaton Pistol Pete

Frank Eaton "Pistol Pete" & his eldest daughter visit "Cowboy Hill" - September 1948

African American family in the Old West. It certainly wasn't easy for them to get there, as recorded in one family's account:  "Being Black, Mr. Boyer and Mr. Keyes could not travel by stagecoach or rail, nor could they get secure passage on a wagon train. Undeterred, they set out on foot, and walked the entire distance from Pellum (nowadays known as “Pelham”), Georgia to Roswell, New Mexico – a distance of 1,200 miles."

The town of Blackdom was the first all-African American settlement in the New Mexico. Blackdom is the virtually untold story of Black pioneers Frank and Ella Boyer dream to create a “colony” for Black people in the prairie of Southeastern New Mexico.

Amos Harris, known as"Big Amos" is said to have been Nebraska's first negro cowboy. He was reported to weigh between 250 pounds and 300 pounds, and was 6 foot 3 inches tall. He spoke 5 languages and it was reported that he was born south of Galveston, Texas, on the Brazos River, the son of freed slave parents. He was known as "One of God's True Nobelmen". He carried a raw-hide rope which he, himself, had braided. He was considered to be one of the best ropers in the Sandhills.

Amos Harris, known as"Big Amos" is said to have been Nebraska's first negro cowboy. He was reported to weigh between 250 pounds and 300 pounds, and was 6 foot 3 inches tall. He spoke 5 languages and it was reported that he was born south of Galveston, Tex

PRESCOTT POSSE — Yavapai County Sheriff Buckey O’Neill (third from left) had his horse shot out from under him during a gunfight near Wah Weep Canyon in Utah, yet he and his posse still scared the outlaws into surrendering. Those bad men were four cowboys who had robbed an Atlantic & Pacific train at Canyon Diablo Station, a railhead that serviced Prescott, Arizona.

Sheriff Buckey O’Neill had his horse shot out from under him during a gunfight near Wah Weep Canyon in Utah.

OS Ranch Cowboys, 1888 - Garza County, Texas

OS Ranch Cowboys, Garza County, Texas, 'Ancestors Gone Wild' Texas Vintage Photo series.

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