Everybody knows who Calamity Jane is right? Well if not she was a famous frontierswoman who rode around with Wild Bill Hickok. She supposedly fought a lot of Indians and was this great adventurous woman. She was also pretty much in love with Bill Hickok. And it is debatable about whether or not he loved her back. (How Sad) Also she may or may not have made up all the stories about herself. Including where she got her name from. This is the story of where she got her nickname. I’m taking it straight from Wikipedia.”It was during this campaign [in 1872–1873] that I was christened Calamity Jane. It was on Goose Creek, Wyoming where the town of Sheridan is now located. Capt. Egan was in command of the Post. We were ordered out to quell an uprising of the Indians, and were out for several days, had numerous skirmishes during which six of the soldiers were killed and several severely wounded. When on returning to the Post we were ambushed about a mile and a half from our destination. When fired upon Capt. Egan was shot. I was riding in advance and on hearing the firing turned in my saddle and saw the Captain reeling in his saddle as though about to fall. I turned my horse and galloped back with all haste to his side and got there in time to catch him as he was falling. I lifted him onto my horse in front of me and succeeded in getting him safely to the Fort. Capt[.] Egan on recovering, laughingly said: ‘I name you Calamity Jane, the heroine of the plains.’ I have borne that name up to the present time.”
The photos you see here are of Calamity Jane played by Melissa Henry. A huge thank you to Melissa for being a part of this. Melissa is an actress, improviser, comedienne, and a licensed real estate agent. You can find Melissa here.And without further ado, I give you Calamity Jane.