Special Sub-Topic: Where Did They Die?
|She was known as Calamity Jane. Newspaper reporters made her famous in the U.S. by reporting her daring feats, some real, some not. She worked mainly as a scout, but in later years she performed in the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show. She was known for her hard living, rough language, and unlady-like appearance. It is believed that she once saved a stage coach filled with passengers when it came under attack. She is also credited with helping nurse citizens of Deadwood, South Dakota during a small pox epidemic. Where did she die?|
At the Calloway Hotel, Terry, South Dakota. Calamity Jane passed away in a small room at the Calloway Hotel. She was 51 years old. She died penniless. Her death was believed to be have been caused from her heavy drinking. Her last request was to be buried next to Wild Bill Hickok (sometimes spelled Hickock). This is where she now rests.
|John Henry "Doc" Holliday was first a dentist, but would later be known as a gunslinger and gambler. He is best known for his part in the fight at the OK Corral, but he did not die there. Where did he in fact die?|
In a hotel in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Doc Holliday died of tuberculosis in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He was staying at a hotel while "taking the waters" hoping for a cure. He was at the hotel for 57 days. Of those 57 days, he was delirious for 14. On the day of his death, November 8, 1887, it is said that he awakened from his delirium, asked for a drink of whisky, which he drank quite happily, said, "This is funny" and then died.
|Wild Bill Hickok was known as a U.S. Marshall, professional gambler, and gunslinger. He was killed by Jack McCall, who shot him from behind, because he believed him to be the killer of his brother, a petty criminal. Where did the murder of Wild Bill take place?|
A saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota. Wild Bill Hickok died in a saloon in Deadwood, SD. At the time of his murder, he was playing cards. The hand that he held while playing poker was a pair of 8's and a pair of Aces. After this, this hand would be known to poker players as 'deadman's hand'. He was buried at the cemetary in Deadwood.
|Buffalo Bill Cody is best known for his traveling wild west show titled "Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World Show". He was first a U.S. Army Scout, buffalo hunter and Indian fighter. In later years he befriended many of his former Native American foes and hired them to perform in his shows. He had great respect for the Native American people. His show traveled across the nation, and even overseas. Queen Victoria saw the show when it was in London. Where did he finally die?|
At his sister's house in Denver, Colorado. Buffalo Bill died at his sister's house in 1917. When he died he was greatly in debt, due to the dwindling interest in his Wild West show. He was buried at Lookout Mountain overlooking Denver. His gravesite is still one of the most visited tourist attractions in Colorado.
|Wyatt Earp may be best known for his part in the shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. During his years in the Wild West, he was a sheriff and gunslinger. Later in life he would own interest in a mine, and referee prize fights. He married a woman from a wealthy family named Sadie. They traveled and lived in several parts of the country. Where did he die?|
Los Angeles, California. Wyatt Earp died on January, 13, 1929 at the age of 80 in a dingy small apartment on 17th Street in Los Angeles, California. In his last years of life, his finances suffered a reversal, and although his wife continued to received support from her family, she used the money to gamble, and the Earps often would go hungry. Wyatt's funeral was attended by many in the film industry, including Tom Mix. His wife did not attend his funeral.
|Tashuna-Uitco, or Crazy Horse was known as a fierce warrior of the Lakota. He is most famous for his part in the Lakota resistance to being put into reservations, that led to the battle of Little Bighorn. Where did he die?|
Fort Robinson, Nebraska. After Little Bighorn, Crazy Horse escaped to Canada. He continued to resist efforts to abandon his way of life for a life in a reservation. He finally surrendered to the army on May of 1877, when he and his people could no longer find buffalo to hunt and grew tired of the army in constant pursuit. Crazy Horse died at Fort Robinson in September of 1877. He was only 28 years old. He was stabbed to death by a soldier, while being held prisoner. The soldiers mistakenly thought that he was planning an uprising, because he had left the reservation. He had left the reservation to take his sick wife to her parents, so that they could care for her.
|Sitting Bull was a Lakota Chief and Medicine Man. He participated in the Battle of Little Bighorn, and was the last of the great warriors to surrender to the US Army. He toured with the Buffalo Bill Show, and met President Grover Cleveland. Where did he die?|
On Standing Rock Reservation, South Dakota. Sitting Bull died at Standing Rock Indian Reservation after being shot dead by a Lakota policeman. He was believed to be near 60 years old when he died. He died after the Indian agent for that area became concerned about a "Ghost Dance" being performed by many of the Lakota tribes. The agent believed that the dance would cause an uprising which would result in many battles. Sitting Bull was being arrested, as it was believed that he sanctioned the dance. A gunfight ensued between his people, and the Lakota police. He was shot in the head.
|Ann Mozee, or as she is better known, Annie Oakley, became associated with the Wild West after joining Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1885. Chief Sitting Bull gave her the nickname of "Little Sure Shot", because of her skills in target shooting. Born into a poor family, she began shooting small game, at the age of 9 years, to help her widowed mother. For a time she lived in a county home where she was physically and mentally abused. At the age of 16 she entered a shooting contest with marksman Frank Butler. They fell in love and married and started performing in vaudville and the "Buffalo Bill" show. She is still thought of as one of the best markspersons of all time. Where did she die?|
Greenville, Ohio. Annie Oakley died in Greenville, Ohio at the age of 66 of pernicious anemia. Several years after her death, she was immortalized by the Broadway musical, "Annie Get Your Gun", based on her life.
|Jesse James is one of the most famous outlaws of the Old West. During his teen years he joined the Quantrill Raiders fighting on behalf of the Confederacy in the states of Missouri and Kansas. The Quantrill Raiders were known to attack civilians who were supporters of the Union. After the war, Jesse formed a gang along with his brother Frank and a cousin, and started robbing banks. Jesse led the gang and soon got them robbing trains, too. They were very successful in their robberies. Where did Jesse James die?|
St. Joseph, Missouri. At the age of 35, Jesse James wanted to retire from his criminal life. He moved to St. Joseph, Missouri and lived under a fake name. That same year, he was shot by Robert Ford, who had hunted him down. Mr Ford wanted to collect the reward being offered for his capture.
|Butch Cassidy was the leader of the Wild Bunch Gang, whose members also included the Sundance Kid. Based in Utah, the gang robbed trains and banks in surrounding states. Butch Cassidy's real name was Robert LeRoy Parker. He was born into a Mormon family. His outlaw life was depicted by Paul Newman in the classic film, "Butch Cassidy And the Sundance Kid". His place of his death is widely known.|
false. For many years it was believed that Butch Cassidy died in a shoot-out in Bolivia. This was the scenerio that was depicted in the film. However, many scholars have come to believe that he actually died in 1937 in Spokane, Washington under the name William Phillips. The scholars believe that following his time in South America, where he made much money robbing banks and mines, he went to England where he has plastic facial surgery. He then is supposed to have moved back to the U.S. where he married and settled down.
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