Fox Hastings was one of the first and only female bulldoggers in rodeo history. Her fastest time was 17 seconds, a record she set in 1924. Born Eloise Fox, she ran away from her California home at the age of 14 to begin her career riding bucking horses and trick riding. Joining Irwin Brother's Wild West Show she rode on one of the fastest running trick riding horses performing at that time.
February 26, 1846: Born, Buffalo Bill Cody. Bill got his first job at the age of 11, as a "boy extra" on a wagon train. A few years later he signed up with the Pony Express, then as a teamster delivering supplies. When he was old enough, he became a scout for the Army, sometimes scouting for buffalo, sometimes for Indians. Then he recreated it all in his Wild West Show, which brought the thrill of the Wild West to people all over Europe and America.
Annie Oakley (Phoebe Ann Mosey 8/13/1860 – 11/3/31926) was an American sharpshooter & exhibition shooter. Oakley starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, the first American female superstar. Using a .22 caliber rifle, at 90 ft Oakley reputedly could split a playing card edge-on & put 5 or 6 more holes in it before it touched the ground.
"Wild" Ben Raymond, with .44 Merwin & Hulbert in one hand and a Smith & Wesson No. 3 New model in his holster. He wears a Bowie knife around his neck. He worked as a mine guard, posed for his photograph in Leadville, Colorado, in 1879, holding a First Model open top Merwin Hulbert Frontier Army revolver. Although the arm is believed to have been a photographer’s prop, it nonetheless shows the Merwin’s presence in the Wild West.
The rough-riding talents of Lulu Parr were not first seen at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. Her skill with the gun caught the attention of Pawnee Bill, who signed her to his show in 1903. She left that show but came back in 1911. By that time, Pawnee Bill had joined Buffalo Bill’s show. Buffalo Bill was so in awe of Lulu’s willingness to ride unbroken ponies that he presented her with an ivory-handled Colt single-action revolver, engraved with “Buffalo Bill Cody to Lulu Parr—1911.”