Martha “Calamity Jane” Canary

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Canary was born in Princeton, Missouri. This hard drinking woman wore men’s clothing, used their bawdy language, chewed tobacco, and was handy with a gun. She traveled from Arizona though the Dakota territories during her rough life. At her death, the citizens of Deadwood remembered the “White Devil of the Yellowstone” as a saint, where she helped nurse the sick during a smallpox plague. She is buried near her friend, Wild Bill Hickok at Deadwood, South Dakota.