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THE WILD WEST BY JAMIE HALBERT "Wild Bill" HICKOK Deadwood, South Dakota, is where you would find “Wild Bill Hickok”. Industries here would include gold mining and lumbering; tourism is also important to the economy. Locations of interest are an old gold mine where you can try "panning for gold", several historical museums, a cemetery containing the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, as well as many historic hotels and saloons. Deadwood was founded when gold was discovered in 1876. Accessible by the railroad in 1891, the city developed as a trading center for the northern Black Hills region. In 1989, limited-wage gambling was legalized in Deadwood to rejuvenate tourism. CALAMITY JANE Martha Jane Canary, (1848-1903), was born in Princeton, Missouri. This hard drinking woman wore men's clothing, used their bawdy language, chewed tobacco and was handy with a gun. She traveled from Arizona through the Dakota territories during her rough life. At her death, the "White Devil of the Yellowstone" was remembered as a saint by the citizens of Deadwood, where she helped nurse the sick during a smallpox plague. She is buried near Wild Bill Hickock in Deadwood, South Dakota. WYATT EARP • Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was born on March 19, 1848, in Monmouth, Illinois and grew up on a farm in Iowa. • In 1864 he moved with his parents to California. After working as a stagecoach driver and buffalo hunter, he served as deputy marshal in Wichita, Kansas and Dodge City, Kansas, where he became friends with Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday, and established his reputation as a lawman . and gambler. • His first wife died and a second marriage didn't last. In 1897 Wyatt and Josie, his third wife, operated a saloon in Nome, Alaska, during the height of the Alaska Gold Rush. In 1901 they moved on to a gold strike in Tonopah, Nevada, where saloon, gambling and mining interests again proved profitable. Wyatt Earp spent his final years working mining claims in the Mojave Desert. He and Josie summered in Los Angeles, where they befriended early Hollywood actors and lived off real estate and mining investments. He died in Los Angeles at the age of 80 on January 13,1929. Perhaps more than any other group, the men and women of the Lakota Nation (better known as The Sioux) -- with their graceful tipis, fast horses, warrior societies and richly feathered regalia -- have become the international symbol for all of America's native peoples. The Sioux gained control of the Northern Plains in the 1700's, and developed a unique culture based on the abundant buffalo of that era. Faces and places in Sioux history are legendary: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Spotted Tail, American Horse, High Hawk, Gall, Hump, Rain in the Face. Bloody landscapes like the Little Big Horn River and Wounded Knee Creek. Even a modern novel and movie called "Dances With Wolves." RED CLOUD •As a warrior and a statesman, Red Cloud's success in confrontations with the United States government marked him as one of the most important Lakota leaders of the nineteenth century. •Although the details of his early life are unclear, Red Cloud was born on the forks of the Platte River, near what is now North Platte, Nebraska. •His mother was an Oglala and his father, who died in Red Cloud's youth, was a Brulé. Red Cloud was raised in the household of his maternal uncle, Chief Smoke. •Fearing the Army's presence on his reservation, •Red Cloud died in 1909, but his Red Cloud refrained from endorsing the Ghost long and complex life endures as Dance movement, and unlike Sitting Bull and Big testimony to the variety of ways in which Indians resisted their Foot, he escaped the Army's occupation white conquerors. unscathed. SITTING BULL Sitting Bull Tatanka-Iyotanka (1831-1890) A Hunkpapa Lakota chief and holy man under whom the Lakota tribes united in their struggle for survival on the northern plains, Sitting Bull remained defiant toward American military power and contemptuous of American promises to the end. Born around 1831 on the Grand River in present-day South Dakota, at a place the Lakota called "Many Caches" for the number of food storage pits they had dug there, Sitting Bull was given the name Tatanka-Iyotanka, which describes a buffalo bull sitting intractably on its haunches. It was a name he would live up to throughout his life. CRAZY HORSE •Tashunca-uitco (1849-1877) •Celebrated for his ferocity in battle, Crazy Horse was recognized among his own people as a visionary leader committed to preserving the traditions and values of the Lakota way of life. •Even as a young man, Crazy Horse was a legendary warrior. He stole horses from the Crow Indians before he was thirteen, and led •Crazy Horse did not resist arrest at first, but his first war party before turning twenty. when he realized that he was being led to a guardhouse, he began to struggle, and while his arms were held by one of the arresting officers, a soldier ran him through with a bayonet. BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA This is a rodeo in Puca, Nebraska. This rodeo actually took place this summer, June 19th, 2005. It is an annual event here. Notice the dress of the little boys and the cute little girls in pink! It is not uncommon to see everyone in a cowboy hat. There is still American Patriotism even in the west. As the horse goes around the rodeo circle, with the American Flag, all stand to sing the “Star Spangled Banner”. Even at the rodeo, where there is a lot of fun, the smell of popcorn, and hot dogs, there is still a reminder of the war going on in Iraq. Each horse in the rodeo circle would carry a flag representing each service: Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Army. They would circle twice, and usually the cowgirls did this part of the program. As they did the men who had fought or who were still in these services, stood. What a way to honor our Servicemen! The cowboys raced to see how fast they could jump off their horse and rope a calf. They would get on bronco horse, and wild steers, too. Today, we still have rodeos and we still have cowboys and cowgirls, but Most of all we still have those who want to be a cowboy! This is my dad in In Nebraska, he’s 69 years old and he’s wearing the belt buckle, the boots, And cowboy hat that the cowboys wear today, attending a rodeo !!! SOURCES THE PICTURES OF THE ACTUAL RODEO WERE PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS THAT YOU MAY USE FROM MY POWERPOINT. WWW.GOOGLE.COM THE END
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