Barney Ford was born a slave in Virginia. At the age of twenty-fire, he escaped and began a successful career in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures.By 1860, he was living in Denver and became a prosperous tycoon in the hotel, restaurant, and barbershop businesses, earning the nickname the "Black Baron of Colorado." Throughout the Civil War, he gave financial assistance, food, and jobs to escaped and free African Americans.
View, from 18th (Eighteenth) Avenue and Sherman Street, of buildings in downtown Denver, Colorado. The Y. W. C. A. is nearby on 18th Avenue. Trinity Methodist Church and the Continental Oil Company (Conoco) Building are in the distance. Date [between 1920 and 1930?]. :: Western History
Commodore Perry Owens, sheriff of Navajo County, Arizona Territory and winner of the second most famous gunfight in Arizona history, in Holbrook, Sept. 1887 as part of what is sometimes called the Graham-Tewksbury feud. Within the space of seconds, Owens fired only 5 shots, killing Andy Cooper, Sam Blevins, Mose Roberts and wounding John Blevins.
Buffalo Bill Cody - ca 1900. Born near LeClaire, Iowa, in 1846, he rode on the Pony Express at the age of 14, fought in the American Civil War, served as a scout for the Army, and was already an Old West legend before mounting his famous Wild West show, which traveled the United States and Europe.