Renowned Women of the Wild West
Jane Russell as sharpshooter Calamity Jane in The Paleface

American actress Jane Russell stars as Wild West sharpshooter Calamity Jane in "The Paleface."

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Perhaps no other time in America's history is as steeped in myth, legend, and adventure as the pioneering age of the "Wild West." Outlaws, lawmen, cowboys, American Indians, miners, ranchers, and more than a few "ladies of ill repute" emerged in this era, from 1865 to 190­0.

­Any female settler in the West was a heroine in her own right, but listed here are a few of the more famous (and infamous) women of this intriguing period.

Our list begins on the next page with "The Rose of Cimarron," whose rebelliousness runs in the family.