Like most people, I was shown a version of the Wild West by Hollywood films, and TV shows. Gunfights, saloon bar brawls, brave sheriffs, and cowardly bushwackers. The nice guys wore white hats and tin stars, the bad men had black hats, robbed stagecoaches, and shot people in the back. It was not until I was older, reading books and looking at actual photos from the time, that I realised just how romanticised and inaccurate all of that was.
Wyatt Earp. (Not much like Kurt Russell)
Wild Bill Hickock.
Butch Cassidy. (Nothing like Paul Newman.)
Doc Holliday. (Val Kilmer was a good choice for the role in the film ‘Tombstone’.)
Cole Younger. A member of the James Gang.
Johnny Ringo, a notorious gunman killed in 1882.
Some of Wyatt Earp’s deputies.
Calamity Jane. (I had only known of her from the Doris Day musical film.)
Judge Roy Bean’s Saloon in Texas.
Gambling in a Missouri Saloon.
William Bonney, known as Billy The Kid.