Annie Oakley (Legends of the Wild West) by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

In Annie Oakley, examine this awesome lady whose sharpshooting talents and speedy wit received her many enthusiasts and admirers.

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One day in June, Oakley gave a private shooting exhibition at the prestigious London Gun Club at Notting Hill. To prove her worth as a true sportsman, she needed to do well in this performance. At the show, Oakley performed most of her regular feats, but she added one more to the list. She planned to shoot at 25 lightning-fast blue rocks. Oakley’s Lancaster gun did not let her down. She nailed 18 of the birds. After the exhibition, Lord Stormont, the president of the gun club, awarded Oakley a special gold medal.

The crew also set up numerous tent shops for the cast, including a barber shop, repair shop, blacksmith shop, and a laundry tent. indd 61 1/12/10 4:12:06 PM 62 Annie Oakley completely self-sufficient. Even the glass balls Oakley shot in her act were molded at the camp. Life on the road meant constantly being on the move. The train rolled into the station at dawn, and the crew set up the lot. As soon as the arena was up, the cast marched a parade through town. m. and again at 8:00 that night.

The next season would not start until the following April. Unless Butler and Oakley could book some shows on their own, they were out of work—at least for the winter. Butler had hoped to revive their variety show and tour until the circus reopened in the spring. Then, on December 4, he read in the local paper that Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show would soon be setting up right off Canal Street, not far from the Sells Brothers’ lot. William F. Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill, was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans in just a few days.

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