The Last of the Wild West Cowgirls: A True Story

A 2010 WILLA Literary Award Finalist for the best of 2009 published literature for women’s stories set in the American West

Goldie Griffith was one of a kind.

She boxed. She wrestled. She rode bucking broncos in the Buffalo Bill Wild West traveling tent shows, and a newspaper referred to the pretty young bronco buster as a “Heller in Skirts.”

She was one of the first professional female athletes.

She was an actor and stunt rider for the brand-new western movies that were taking the country by storm.

She was married during a Wild West at Madison Square Garden with a crowd of 8,000 in attendance.

She became a rancher and owned several restaurants in the mountains of Colorado. She trained dogs for the war and applied to be the first policewoman in San Francisco.

Her life was a wild roller-coaster ride through the 20th century. Was there anything she couldn’t do? She didn’t think so. This is the (amazingly) true story of Goldie Griffith’s life.

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The Last of the Wild West Cowgirls:
A True Story

By Kay Turnbaugh

394 pages; with over 120 photographs and images
$18.95

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