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Goldie Griffith was one of a kind. She boxed. She wrestled. She rode bucking broncos in the Buffalo Bill Wild West traveling tent shows, and a newspaper referred to the pretty young bronco buster as a "Heller in Skirts." She was one of the first professional female athletes. She was an actor and stunt rider for the brand-new western movies that were taking the country by s ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published May 15th 2009 by Perigo Press (first published 2009)
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Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in American history.
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This is the biography of Goldie Griffith. Born in 1893, she went into show business as a lady wrestler in the early 1900s. Enamored by a young cowboy in a traveling western show, she decides to follow that path and finds that she has a definite aptitude for all that being a cowgirl entailed. She eventually joins Buffalo Bill's show, and is with it when it goes bankrupt. She continues plying her trade as a cowgirl for a whi
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Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I purchased this book last year when I was in Colorado. I had never heard of Goldie Griffith but I've been fascinated by cowgirls ever since I was little watching Sallie Starr on TV. It's an interesting biography told in a very homey style that was no doubt inspired by the way Goldie loved to tell her own story of traveling with Buffalo Bill and other Wild West Shows. The book made that period and the people who worked the shows really come to life. I especially enjoyed the stories of her later ...more
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This was fun to read because of the Western history, the stories of Nederland, CO, and the fact that it was all true.
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Kay Turnbaugh was born and raised in Colorado, and she now lives in the small mountain town of Nederland where for 27 years she published the town's weekly award-winning newspaper. After retiring from the newspaper business, she researched and wrote The Last of the Wild West Cowgirls, a biography of Goldie Griffith who rode bucking broncos in Buffalo Bill's Wild West shows and ended up owning rest ...more