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Soapy Smith, 1898. Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith II was a famous con artist, saloon and gambling house proprietor, gangster and crime boss of the nineteenth century old west. A con involving soap in Leadville, Colorado earned him his nickname.

John Wilson Vermillion (1842–1911), alias "Texas Jack" and later as "Shoot-Your-Eye-Out" Vermillion, was a gunfighter of the Old West known for his participation in the Earp vendetta ride and his later association with Soapy Smith. Born: John Wilson Vermillion in 1842 died in 1911. He was a gunfighter, soldier, lawman, outlaw, Methodist preacher; participated in the Earp vendetta ride. He died peacefully in his sleep.

"Texas Jack" Vermillion (John Wilson Vermillion) would grow up to become one of the many gunfighters in the Old West, with colorful nicknames like "Texas Jack" and "Shoot-Your-Eye-Out" Vermillion. He is most well known for his participation with Wyatt Earp in the Earp Vendetta Ride after the Clantons had killed Morgan Earp in 1882.

The Soapy Smith skull (Skagway, Alaska). It was painted on a natural rock formation of a human skull in the 1920s as a tourist dedication to Klondike gold rush bad man, Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith.


Soapy Smith's Saloon Bar at Skagway, Alaska, 1898