Belle Starr was a Wild West rarity; she was, after all, a female outlaw. In 1864 her family moved to Texas, and it was there that Starr mixed with the likes of Jesse James. In 1880 she married Cherokee Sam Starr and became involved in rustling, bootleggin
She wasn’t your average Wild West woman, Olive Oatman – as evidenced by the tattoo beneath her mouth. The Mohave tribe gave it to her after they’d bought Oatman and her sister, Mary Ann, from the Native Americans who’d kidnapped them. The symbolism, Oatma
Formed in 1823 to defend Texas after the Mexican War of Independence, the Texas Rangers became the most iconic law enforcers in the Wild West. They were synonymous with violence. In fact, between 1858 and 1901 30 members suffered bloody deaths. The ranger
Charley Nebo, seen here on the left, arrived in the from Canada in 1861. And after fighting on the Union side in the Civil War, he worked as a cowboy in New Mexico, where one of his friends was none other than Billy the Kid. No one messed with Nebo.
There were criminal gangs aplenty in the Wild West, but what set the Rufus Buck Gang apart was its members’ racial profiles: they were a mix of African American and Creek Indian. And their operations mainly involved holding up stores and ranches in Arkans
This gun-wielding lady is Rose Dunn or, to those who feared her, “Rose of Cimarron.” Born in Oklahoma, Dunn fell in love with outlaw George “Bittercreek” Newcomb in 1893 when she was just 14 or 15. Just two years later, however, Newcomb was shot dead. And