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Frontier Scouts and Guides

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  • "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846 - 1917)
    William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917) was an American soldier, bison hunter and showman. He was born in the Iowa Territory (now the American state of Iowa), near ...
  • Tom Horn (1860 - 1903)
    Thomas "Tom" Horn, Jr. (November 21, 1860 – November 20, 1903) was an American Old West lawman, scout, soldier, hired gunman, detective, outlaw and assassin. On the day before his 43rd birthday, he was...
  • Jesse David Hughes, I (1750 - 1829)
    Jesse David Hughes BIRTH 1750 Hardy County, West Virginia, USA DEATH 29 Oct 1829 (aged 78–79) Ravenswood, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA BURIAL Ravenswood Cemetery Ravenswood, Jackson County, West...
  • James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok (1837 - 1876)
    Outlaw James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok was a legendary gunfighter and law man in the American Wild West. Many characters in Western novels are fashioned after Hickok. ======= James Butler Hickbet...
  • Davy Crockett (1786 - 1836)
    Full name was; David Hawkins Stern Crockett Find-a-Grave Memorial #2308 (Note: FaG # 2308 clearly shows the tomb with the remains of Davy Crockett, William "Buck" Travis, and Jim Bowie, and is loca...

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"The West owes much to those hardy men who, usually from mere love of adventure, wandered alone or in small companies across the wilderness, ever in advance of the settlements and the troops, exploring the unknown, tracing nameless rivers, uncovering hidden water holes in the grim desert, penetrating to every nook and corner of the Great Plains and the mountains beyond, discovering the haunts of Indians, the routes which the wheels of caravans could follow with greatest safety, the best camping spots, the scattered places where wood and water were certain to be found. To such as these -- the scouts and guides of the frontier -- every prairie traveler, every incoming settler, every officer riding at the head of his troop and seeking the savage foe owed gratitude."

Source: Randall Parrish, Frontier Scouts and Guides (1907)

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