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.
Gold Rush Fever in Skagway, Alaska I have to wonder what Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith would have made of Holland America Line’s Zuiderdam towering over the Broadway dock in Skagway, Alaska this morning. After all, it’s only a few steps away from our berthing location where the infamous criminal huckster who arguably ran Skagway [...]
In Gold Rush Orphan Sandy Frances Duncan has woven a fascinating tale of hardship and adventure based on her grandfather’s gold rush journal entries of his 1898 trip to the Klondike. The arduous trek to the goldfields comes alive in the fictionalized story of Jeremy Britain, a young teen who joins James Fraser and his companions to search for the gold that would make their fortunes. Duncan begins the story in the gold rush port of Skagway where Jeremy has a run-in with the infamous Soapy…
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.
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.