Thursday, February 8, 2018

Laura Bullion Of The Wild Bunch...!

Not all the women of the Old West were school marms and housewives. Many were outlaws as well.

The women of that lifestyle were often as tough and mean as the men they hung out with, and some were even as good at shooting as the men, if not better! Here is the story of Laura Bullion...one of those ladies.

Laura Bullion



Bullion was born into a life of crime. Her father was a bank robber, and Bullion, after spending her teenage years as a prostitute, joined the Wild Bunch Gang and became known at the “Rose of the Wild Bunch”. Bullion sold stolen goods and made connections that kept the bunch in steady supply of horses. She was romantically involved with several members of the gang, on and off. On certain occasions she dressed as a man and joined the rest of the gang in train robberies. In 1901, she was arrested with $8,500 worth of stolen banknotes in her possession. When she was released from prison, Bullion retired from her life of crime and became an interior designer in Memphis, Tennessee. Bullion died of heart disease in 1961. Her gravestone is embossed with a rose and thorny vines and reads “The Thorny Rose.” Bullion was the last surviving member of The Wild Bunch Gang.

See what I mean? You have to admit that making the jump from outlaw to interior designer is certainly the indication of just how determined this woman could be, no matter the career choice she made.

Coffee in the kitchen once again. Still wet outside.

8 comments:

Rob said...

A life like that in her younger days out west and the remainder as a regular citizen up until the end in "modern" times.
So often I think of the characters from the old west as being just in the old west... I guess i need to rethink that!

Gorges Smythe said...

1961? Amazing!

taminator013 said...

Gorges, I was thinking the same thing, that someone from the Wild Bunch would still be around during my lifetime. I was only seven years old when she died, but yeah..............

linda m said...

Hard to believe that someone from the Wild Bunch survived until 1961. Wow, that lady sure had some "spunk" and was one toughly gal.

JO said...

WOW! She sure had quite a life change and lived a good long life to. Love these stories from way back.

TX. sure has had it's share of rain since last year so you are probably out of the drought now. If we don't get some good rains here we will be back onto it.

HermitJim said...

Hey Rob...
I reckon that the long ago wasn't really that far back.
Thanks for stopping by today!


Hey Gorges...
I know, right? Seems like only yesterday really.
Thanks for coming over today!


Hey Taminator013...
Sort of brings history a lot closer, doesn't it?
Thanks for the visit this morning!


Hey Linda...
Imagine all the changes she must have seen. It boggles the mind.
She was tough, no doubt.
Thanks for stopping by today!


Hey Jo...
Certainly had a lifestyle change. pretty amazinging, really.
Thanks, dear, for dropping by today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

I always think of outlaw, cowboy, and Indian stories of being a long, long time ago, but that bad gal died the year I graduated from high school. Oh dang, I guess that makes an old, old guy. . .

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