better known as Calamity Jane. Because many people
(and still today) were intrigued by the characters that were living in the
settling of the West, bigger than life characters evolved in newspaper articles
and Dime Novels. Among these legendary characters, was a colorful, pioneering
woman who, possibly through her outspoken manners and also her skills, gained
position as one of those remembered from the Wild West. She broke societal
rules for women of her day by working amongst the men, wearing men’s
clothing, and walking into saloons partaking of their refreshment. Midst the
fiery tales and boastful stories, Calamity Jane was reputed to be a skillful
horsewoman, sharpshooter, and loud, but good bullwhacker. Oftentimes, she
had to stand her ground to get what she felt she deserved using her mouth,
gun, and bullwhip. So the tales grew around her, when in reality the real
woman drank too much, ended up in jail quite frequently and died penniless.
Loved for that wild spirit many thought exemplified the Wild West, Calamity
Jane was also a soft-hearted person as she tended for the injured and ill.
A woman that maintains a mysterious presence among the legends of the Wild
West…a woman as people want her to be and a woman how she really was.