Jefferson Smith 1860-1898 aka Soapy Smith, famous Bunko Man of the Old West.  He ran Skagway, Alaska, during the gold rush until he was killed in a shootout with vigilantes in 1898.

Jefferson Smith 1860-1898 aka Soapy Smith, famous Bunko Man of the Old West. He ran Skagway, Alaska, during the gold rush until he was killed in a shootout with vigilantes in 1898.

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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.

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Soapy Smith's Soap Box: Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant. A must visit. Their King Crab Burgers are legendary!

Soapy Smith's Soap Box: Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant. A must visit. Their King Crab Burgers are legendary!

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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.

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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.

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Soapy Smith's Saloon Bar at Skagway, Alaska, 1898 Photographic Print
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Soapy Smith, the villian of The Gold Rush Christmas and a con man kingpin of Skagway, Alaska in 1897.

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

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