Not all of them made their living as soiled doves.
- Written by Chris Enss
- Published September 30, 2013
The great female shortage, that was one of the dominating, formative and frustrating facts of the early West.
In 1849, for example, only about 5,000 women were among the 50,000 Americans who went west. The shortage of women created a climate in which soiled doves like Big Nose Kate of Tombstone, Arizona, and Squirrel Tooth Alice of Dodge City, Kansas, bloomed in brilliant scarlet. But the climate enabled other ladies to flower in far more honorable hues. The Western frontier woman, being scarce and highly valued, could do things of which her Eastern sister could only dream.
Chris Enss is the author of numerous women of the West books. Her books released this year are: High Country Women: Pioneers of Yosemite National Park and the second edition of Outlaw Tales of California: True Stories of the Golden State’s Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats.
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