These are the true life stories of the Outlaws and legends in our show. While our show takes many leaps and bounds with timelines, historical events, and characters, it's great to learn a little about the actual people we are basing our heroes and villains on.
Annie Oakley was a renowned markswoman and star who worked for years with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
Born Phoebe Ann Moses (or Mosey) on August 13, 1860, in Darke County, Ohio, the woman who would be known as Annie Oakley developed her superb marksmanship abilities as a teen, earning enough to pay off the mortgage for her mother's home. She married fellow marksman Frank Butler in 1876 and would later become a star attraction for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show for years, renowned for unparalleled shooting tricks. A revered global figure, Oakley retired in 1913 and died in Ohio on November 3, 1926.
Jesse James was a bank and train robber in the American Old West, best known as the leading member of the James-Younger gang of outlaws.
Jesse James was born on September 5, 1847, in Kearney, Missouri. James and his brother Frank served for the Confederate Army before embarking on criminal careers in the Old West. The James brothers made a name for themselves as bank and train robbers, leading the James-Younger gang. Gang member Robert Ford killed Jesse James in 1882, after which James became a legend of the Old West.
Doc Holliday is an extremely popular figure from the Old West, a gunman and a gambler who was part of the legendary shootout at the O.K. Corral.
John Henry "Doc" Holliday was born August 14, 1851. A dentist by trade, Holliday became an icon of the American West and was close friends with fellow gunslinger Wyatt Earp. They were the two most famous faces in what is regarded as the most legendary battle of the West: the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which cemented Holliday's status as a legend.
Calamity Jane was renowned for her sharp-shooting, whiskey swilling, and cross-dressing ways – but also for her kindness towards others.
Calamity Jane was born Martha Jane Cannary, circa May 1, 1852, in Princeton, Missouri. By age 12, her parents had died and she had to make a living by any means necessary. She travelled to South Dakota and met Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood where her legend as a hard-drinking woman was born. Her reputation was advanced with stories of heroism and charity in an autobiography and western dime novels. She performed in Wild West shows immortalizing her as one of the more colorful characters of the West. Eventually, the hard life caught up with her and she died at age 51, in 1903.
Isom Dart (also known as Ned Huddleston) was born into slavery in Arkansas in 1849. His reputation as a rider, roper and bronco-buster earned him the nicknames of the “Black Fox” and the “Calico Cowboy.” He was also a notorious Wyoming Territory outlaw.
In 1861 twelve-year-old Huddleston accompanied his owner, a Confederate officer, into Texas during the Civil War. After being freed at the end of the war Huddleston headed for the southern Texas-Mexico border region where he found work at a rodeo, became a stunt rider and honed his skills as a master horseman.
Huddleston straddled both sides of the law. For a time he and a young Mexican bandit named Terresa survived as rustlers stealing horses in Mexico and selling them in Texas.
BILLY THE KID
Billy the Kid was born William Henry McCarty Jr. on November 23, 1859, in New York City. Little is known of his youth, but early on he entered a life of thievery, eventually heading west and joining a violent gang. Billy was captured and sentenced to death for the murder of a sheriff, but escaped after killing guards. The legend of Billy the Kid was created by his killer, Sheriff Pat Garrett.
There is arguably no more famous Old West Outlaw than Billy The Kid.
Throughout the seasons of the show, we will run into multiple legends of the old west. Guys and gals like Butch Cassidy, Wyatt Earp, Geronimo, Belle Star, The Apache Kid and many more. The adventure never stops in Lycan County