Who is Calamity Jane?
Calamity Jane was a woman of the Old West. She was born Martha Jane Canary on 1 May 1856 in Princeton, Missouri. Calamity Jane had a reputation for drinking, swearing, chewing tobacco and shooting a gun, as well as for helping others. When Calamity Jane was just a few years old, her mother died and the family moved to a Montana town called Virginia City. A few years later, her father and brothers were involved in conflict with Native Americans and Calamity Jane was left on her own at ten years of age. Despite having little, if any, formal education, Calamity Jane was literate and also raised her siblings herself from age sixteen. By age twenty, Calamity Jane was in South Dakota joining the fight against Native Americans as a scout. She met Wild Bill Hickok in 1876 when she rode in a wagon train heading to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Hickok died in a poker game in August 1976 at the hands of Jack McCall. McCall received a hanging death for killing Hickok. Calamity Jane is credited