Etta Place: Born 1878, was a companion of the famous American outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (real names Robert LeRoy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh). The Pinkerton Detective Agency traced her to Fort Worth in Texas and to the St. Louis World Fair, but failed to arrest them before she returned to Argentina.
The Prairie Schooner was the first choice for long-distance family travel across the American prairies in the 1800s. The discovery of gold in California in 1848 and the 1862 Homestead Act sent many daring souls in the eastern United States on a 2000 mile adventure into the west, and he primary choice of transportation for pioneer families and fortune hunters was a practical one: a cloth-covered wagon.
Mary Fields, nickname Stagecoach Mary, was a former slave who became the first African-American woman to work for the US postal service when, about age 60, she was the fastest applicant to hitch up a team of 6 horses in the Montana Territory. She wore a pistol under her apron and when the snow was too deep for the horses she would carry the mail on her back and deliver it on snowshoes. She never missed a day. When the town of Cascade banned women from saloons, the mayor granted her an exemption.
Burial of the dead at the battle of Wounded Knee, S.D. [South Dakota].On reverse: Showing trench for burial of Indian dead in which were placed 84 men and 64 women and children, killed in affair with Big Foot's Siouxs at Wounded Knee, S.D. Dec. 29 1890.Photo by Northwestern Photo Co, Chadron, Nebraska.