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John "Liver-Eating" Johnson ... (c.1824 – 1900) was a mountain man of the American Old West. In 1847, his wife, a member of the Flathead tribe was killed by the Crow, which prompted Johnson on a vendetta against the tribe. Legend says that he would kill, then cut out and eat the liver of each Crow brave he came across. This was an insult to the Crow believing the liver to be vital if one was to go on into the afterlife. In any case, he eventually became known as "Liver-Eating Johnson".
Jim Beckwourth was an African American who played a major role in the early exploration and settlement of the American West. Although there were people of many races and nationalities on the frontier, Beckwourth was the only African American who recorded his life story, and his adventures took him from the everglades of Florida to the Pacific Ocean and from southern Canada to northern Mexico.
Texas History Tidbit: The Mile-Long Shot
Not many people, including Texans, know about the Battle of Adobe Walls. Actually there were two battles at Adobe Walls. The first one included the famous Kit Carson; but the most famous was the second one. At that battle, there were a few white men, buffalo hunters and a large group of Indians intent on a last hurrah as the white man took over the land. At the battle, a fellow by the name of Billy Dixon became legendary for a rifle shot that's come to be known as "the mile-long shot."
Navajo Long Walk to the Bosque Redondo
Some of the more than 8,000 Navajo who surrendered to Kit Carson during his 1864 campaign of destruction through their homeland. Carson forced his prisoners to take the "Long Walk" across New Mexico to a barren reservation set aside for them along the Pecos River at Bosque Redondo.
Kit Carson's Grave, Taos, New Mexico - Soon after his return from Washington, D.C., his wife Josefa died from complications of child birth. Carson died a month later from an abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 58. He was buried next to his wife. His headstone inscription reads: Kit Carson Died May 23, 1868 Aged 59 Years His last words were: "Adios Compadres." Spanish for goodbye friends.