Larger-than-life western personality Calamity Jane died Aug. 1, 1903, according to South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Born in Princeton, Mo., Calamity Jane became famous for her rowdy behavior during the time of the Gold Rush. Even though she fabricated many details of her life, such as claiming to have ridden for the Pony Express, fans loved her and snatched up copies of dime novels with tall tales of her exploits.

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