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 John Baker “Texas Jack” Omohundro

John Baker “Texas Jack” Omohundro

Birth
Palmyra, Fluvanna County, Virginia, USA
Death 28 Jun 1880 (aged 33)
Leadville, Lake County, Colorado, USA
Burial Leadville, Lake County, Colorado, USA
Memorial ID 8056568 · View Source
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Folk Figure, Actor. A former scout, Confederate soldier, newspaper correspondent and pop figure of his day, "Texas Jack" Omohundro was a friend of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody and James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok. In 1872, Texas Jack and Buffalo Bill, both famous figures from dozens of dime novels, created a stage show featuring the well-known scouts as live actors. Popular dime novel writer Ned Buntline wrote the first script for "Scouts of The Prairie" in about four hours; Wild Bill Hickok later joined the show. Just a month before his 34th birthday, Texas Jack got pneumonia and died in the thriving mining town of Leadville, Colorado. "Texas Jack" was posthumously elected to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, and received the Wrangler Award in the Hall of Great Western Performers for his career as both a working cowboy and actor.

Bio by: Ron Franscell, Author of CRIME BUFF'S GUIDE books



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  • Originally Created by: Ron Franscell, Author of CRIME BUFF'S GUIDE books
  • Added: 3 Nov 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8056568
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Baker “Texas Jack” Omohundro (27 Jul 1846–28 Jun 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8056568, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Leadville, Lake County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .