Calamity Jane

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Calamity Jane
Martha Jane Canary
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BirthplacePrinceton, Missouri
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NationalityUnited States

Calamity Jane

(kəlăm`ĭtē jān`), c.1852–1903, American frontier character, b. Princeton, Mo. Her real name was Martha Jane Canary, and the origin of her nickname is obscure. Little is known of her early life beyond the fact that she moved with her parents to Virginia City, Mont., in 1865 and that she grew up in mining camps and rough frontier communities. In 1876 she appeared in Deadwood, S.Dak., dressed in men's clothes and boasting of her marksmanship and her exploits as a pony-express rider and as a scout with Custer's forces. In her later years she toured the West in a burlesque show and appeared at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. She died in poverty and obscurity in Deadwood, where she is buried beside Wild Bill Hickock.

Bibliography

See biographies by D. Aikman (1927) and Mrs. G. Clairmonte (1959); R. J. Casey, The Black Hills and Their Incredible Characters (1949).

Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary

or Martha Burke, 1852–1903) frontierswoman; mannish prophetess of doom. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 71]

Calamity Jane

(Martha Jane Canary or Martha Burke, 1852–1903) mannish prophetess of doom. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 71]

Calamity Jane

(Martha Jane Canary Burke, c. 1852–1903) extraordinary markswoman and pony express rider. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 418]

Calamity Jane

real name Martha Canary. ?1852--1903, US frontierswoman, noted for her skill at shooting and riding

Calamity Jane

See Burk, Martha Jane (Canary).
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The tale of Calamity Jane (really Martha Jane Cannary Burke) and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok (or James Butler Hickok as he was known to his mum and dad) was told in the successful film starring Doris Day and Howard Keel, released in 1953.
1903: Martha Jane Cannary - better known as Calamity Jane died.