Texas Jack  LbNA # 72167

OwnerSilver Eagle      
Placed DateAug 25 2017
LocationEvergreen Cemetery, Leadville, CO
Found By
Last Found
Hike Distance.1 mi
Last EditedSep 4 2017

Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 50 yards RT)
Status: alive

John Baker Omohundro was a frontier scout, actor, and cowboy who became a legendary figure in the American Old West as a western showman performing dramas on the stage throughout the country and was immortalized in dime novels published around the world. Born in rural Virginia in 1846, he served in the Confederacy during the American Civil War then moved on to Texas where he began his life as a Texas cowboy. He participated in early cattle drives and on one drive across Arkansas to meat-short Tennessee, grateful citizens nicknamed him "Texas Jack." In 1869, Texas Jack moved to Fort Hays, Kansas where he met "Wild Bill" Hickok and befriended William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Omohundro and Cody traveled to Chicago in December 1872 to debut in 'The Scouts of the Prairie', one of the original Wild West shows, and in 1877 formed his own acting troupe in St. Louis known as the 'Texas Jack Combination'. In the late 19th century dime novels depicting frontier life were becoming common and Texas Jack became a popular subject of these stories. The Texas Jack legend grew as he was featured on covers by publishers including Beadle's New York Dime Library, The Nickle Library, Log Cabin Library, DeWitt's Ten Cent, Street and Smith and others. in 1880 he decided to visit the silver mining town of Leadville, Colorado, but after arriving Texas Jack fell ill and a few weeks later died of pneumonia. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, where you can find this box.

From Harrison Ave (US 24) go west on 6th street about 0.8 mile, go right on McWethy Dr for 0.3 mile, then left into Evergreen Cemetery. Bear left at sign for TX Jack for about 100 yards and park by his grave on right.

Walk to his grave and from fence behind it walk 22 steps to pine tree left of a metal marker. LB is at back base of tree under a rock and needles.