DOC HOLLIDAY & KATE HARONEY
Doc Holliday and Kate Haroney were both raised in fine homes. Both were provided with quality educations. Both, by most accounts, should have gone on to live law-abiding lives as well-heeled aristocrats. But both went westward instead, forging new lives for themselves. They found their freedom in the untamed frontier, in the saloons and excitement of the expanding Old West.
Kate was one of the “soiled doves” of the Old West— despite her upbringing, she became a hard drinking prostitute who lived by her own rules. Doc was an infamous gambler, quick with a pistol and never far from a bottle of whiskey. They met in a saloon in Fort Griffin, where Holliday dealt cards. Once they hit it off, they became inseparable. It was a relationship marked by passion, murder and betrayal. Even though Doc Holliday and Kate Haroney didn’t have a happily-ever-after, they lived hard exciting lives together as longtime companions and common-law spouses. Together they left their mark on one of the most exciting times in American history.
BUFFALO BILL & ANNIE OAKLEY
“Buffalo Bill” Cody was one of the most colorful figures of the Old West. His traveling show, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West catapulted Annie Oakley into a superstar—one of the first American women ever to reach superstar status. Annie Oakley went on to perform with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show as the headlining act for 16 seasons. She went on to earn more than any other performer in the show other than Buffalo Bill himself.
Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill were always good friends; however, they both had strong personalities and weathered their fair share of rifts and difficulties— but they were friends for life. When Buffalo Bill died on January 10, 1917, she wrote a glowing eulogy of the showman, her old friend, Buffalo Bill.
ROY ROGERS AND DALE EVANS
Dale Evans was a sixteen year old divorced single parent, pursuing a career in music in Memphis, Tennessee. She landed a job with local radio stations, singing and playing piano, and took the name Dale Evans.
Roy Rogers first met Dale Evans in 1944. It wasn’t long before the radiant cowgirl became his “Queen of the West.” They married on New Year’s Eve in 1947 at the Flying L Ranch in Davis, Oklahoma, where they had earlier filmed the movie Home in Oklahoma.
Evans and Roy Rogers went on to star in the highly successful television series The Roy Rogers Show, in which they continued their cowboy and cowgirl roles, with her riding her trusty buckskin horse, Buttermilk, and Roy on Trigger. In addition to her successful TV shows, more than 30 films and some 200 songs, Evans wrote their signature song, “Happy Trails.” They were married for 51 years, until Evans’ death in 1998.