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The Last of the Wild West Cowgirls: A True Story

The Last of the Wild West Cowgirls: A True Story

by Kay Turnbaugh

Paperback(2nd ed.)

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One of our country’s first professional female athletes, Goldie Griffith didn’t know how to ride when she got a job with a famous Wild West show, but she didn’t let that stop her. She joined the small group of show cowgirls and learned to bust broncos for Buffalo Bill. She also was an actor and stunt rider for the brand-new Western movies that were taking the country by storm. She was married during a Buffalo Bill Wild West show at Madison Square Garden with a crowd of 8,000 in attendance. A few years later, she pulled out her show gun, aimed it at her husband, and squeezed the trigger. After he exited her life, she worked on what is now the famous Caribou Ranch in Colorado, trained dogs for the war, and opened a number of restaurants in Nederland, Colorado, to support herself and her young son.

There was nothing she wasn’t willing to try. This is the (amazingly) true story of Goldie Griffith's life. With over 120 photographs and images. A 2009 WILLA Literary Award finalist.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780970253224
Publisher: Perigo Press
Publication date: 07/13/2009
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Notes


Part 1

Bucking Broncos


Chapter One

A Kind of Nightmare

Chapter Two

A Decided Novelty

Chapter Three

Ladies' Chamption of the World

Chapter Four

In the Tanbark

Chapter Five

The Grandest Ranch in the World

Chapter Six

A Doozy of a Season

Chapter Seven


Chapter Eight

Claustrophobic as a Branding Chute

Chapter Nine

Reaching for the Stars

Chapter Ten

Steppin' Up

Chapter Eleven

Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

Chapter Twelve

Luck Runnin' Kinda Muddy

Chapter Thirteen

A Leaky Sky

Chapter Fourteen

The Truth

Chapter Fifteen

Gratification in a Pin

Chapter Sixteen

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Chapter Seventeen

A Disappearin' Act

Chapter Eighteen

A Girl Ranger

Chapter Nineteen

Prairie Dog Court

Chapter Twenty

No Regrets

Chapter Twenty-One

Meeting the Misty Beyond

Chapter Twenty-Two

A Twisted Tale

Chapter Twenty-Three

A Brave Heart

Chapter Twenty-Four

The Lost Days

Chapter Twenty-Five

Stirring Up Some Magic

Chapter Twenty-Six

One Last Hurrah

Part 2



Chapter Twenty-Seven

The Offer

Chapter Twenty-Eight

A New Year and a New Life

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Enjoying the Quiet

Chapter Thirty


Chapter Thirty-One

Code of the Range

Part 3



Chapter Thirty-Two

No Longer Hitched

Chapter Thirty-Three

Out on Her Own

Chapter Thirty-Four

There's Gold in Those Stories

Chapter Thirty-Five

Another Mouth of Feed

Chapter Thirty-Six

Ring the Bells of Heaven

Chapter Thirty-Seven

The Home Front

Chapter Thirty-Eight

Tricks and Training

Chapter Thirty-Nine

Willie's Clothes

Chapter Forty

One Last Parade




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