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The Old West Quiz






Q:  What famous gunfighter was indicted for horse stealing by officials in Van Buren, Arkansas, on May 8th, 1871?

A:  The horse-stealing indictment was handed down against future lawman Wyatt Earp, who escaped trial by jumping bail and fleeing to Kansas.

Q: What famous aliases were used by Old West outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker and Harry Longabaugh?

A: The two were better known at Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Q: Who was Phoebe Anne Mozee, and by what name did she achieve international fame?

A: Phoebe Anne Mozee was an expert rifle and shotgun markswoman who became famous in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show under the stage name Annie Oakley.

Q: What notorious gunfighter used the names Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim and William Bonney at various times?

A: All were used by William (Billy the Kid) Bonney.

Q: What was the usual price of the .45 calibur 1873 Colt Peacemaker, the weapon that became known as “the gun that won the west”?

A: The Peacemaker, which was made by Colt’s Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Connecticut, could be purchased by mailorder for $17.

Q: How did the infamous Cole Younger spend his last years?

A: After serving more than 20 years in prison, Cole got a job selling tombstones; worked for a while in a Wild West show with Frank James; and died quietly in 1916 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, where he was known as an elderly churchgoer.

Q: What famous Old West shootist was born in Troy Grove, Ilinois, on May 27, 1837?

A: James Butler (Wild Bill) Hickok.

Q: By what name was California resident Charles E. Boles best known from 1875 to 1882?

A: Boles was best known by the alias “Black Bart,” the name under which he robbed a succession of stagecoaches and evaded lawmen and Wells Fargo detectives – until he was finally arrested.


  1. Great trivia, Paisley! I just watched ‘Wyatt Earp’ with Kevin Costner and now ‘Tombstone’ is playing on AMC.

    I love to watch those Wild West movies over and over!

  2. Paisley,
    That sounds like a great book to have about the old west. I never knew that about Wyatt Earp. 🙂 What was he thinking?

  3. Isabel Roman says:

    I got Butch & Sundance! All those rest…no idea. But it was a great quiz!

  4. Denise Eagan says:

    What a fun blog, Paisley. Thanks!

  5. I am so glad you enjoyed the quiz. I plan to put up more questions and answers in months to come. I love all of the trivia. 🙂

  6. Caroline Clemmons says:

    this was a fun post. Thanks for sharing, Paisley.

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