With the Frontierado holiday coming up on Friday August 6th it’s time for another seasonal blog post. Marie Lords is still remembered for her 1861 quote “A cowgirl gets up early in the morning, decides what she wants to do, and does it.”
With increasing numbers of “menfolk” going off to serve in the Civil War that was raging, plenty of other women gained experience working as cowgirls like Marie had been doing.
From cowgirl to entertainer, Marie Lords’ life deserved a lot more attention than it has gotten.
So much information has been lost to the ravages of time that even obsessive researchers like yours truly can find very little about this young lady whose apparent charisma, attitude and timeless beauty should have put her up there with Annie Oakley as a symbol of the Old West.
Marie Lords dropped the above bon mot, worked at cowgirling during the U.S. Civil War and became one of the earliest trick-shooting celebrities on the traveling carnival circuit. FOR DUSTY DELIA, A FEMALE STAGE COACH DRIVER, CLICK HERE.