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.

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.

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.

Jeff Smith in his Parlor in Skagway. Jefferson Randolph ("Soapy") Smith II (1860–1898) was a con man who operated in Colorado and Alaska from 1879 to 1898.

Jeff Smith in his Parlor in Skagway. Jefferson Randolph ("Soapy") Smith II (1860–1898) was a con man who operated in Colorado and Alaska from 1879 to 1898.

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.

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 Photographic Print

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

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

Soapy Smith, the villian of The Gold Rush Christmas and a con man kingpin of Skagway, Alaska in 1897.

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

Soapy Smith, the villian of The Gold Rush Christmas and a con man kingpin of Skagway, Alaska in 1897.

Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Soapy Smith in Creede, Colorado

Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Soapy Smith in Creede, Colorado

Jefferson "Soapy" Smith grave. Crime Figure. Gold Rush Cemetery, Gold Rush, Alaska 2009.jpg

Jefferson "Soapy" Smith grave. Crime Figure. Gold Rush Cemetery, Gold Rush, Alaska 2009.jpg

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