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American Folklore: Imaginary Characters
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The Blue Lady
Traveled in Arizona, Texas and New Mexico spreading Christianity in days before Spanish missionaries and explorers. Always dressed completely in blue.
Referred to an extraordinarily tall cowboy who went to sea. Called his ship a "roundup wagon" and made trouble wherever he went.
Only man to be able to ride a horse named "Widow-Maker". Tamed a mountain lion and rode him like a horse, whipping him with a rattlesnake to make the lion run. Led the 1st ever cattle drive.
Accompanied by his blue ox, Babe, he was a giant lumberjack who roamed the woods, eating and working in preposterously "giant" ways. Tales of his strength and size were legendary.
Swedish "con" man who sold sand from California's Death Valley to unsuspecting gold prospectors. Reportedly for $50 a bushel!
Worked shocking wheat from Texas to North and South Dakota. Bragged that he could harvest a whole field of wheat in 1 day and did.
the Freewheeler Hank
Taught cows to ride bikes from pastures to save time while he did his chores.
Grower and seller of world's largest potatoes. Had to sell at least 100 pounds at a time because otherwise he said he'd have to cut the potato in half
Black, steel-driving man made holes for dynamite using one 20-pound hammer in each hand. Won a contest against a steam drill. Subject of tales and ballads.
World's biggest sign painter; reportedly painted a sign so big that people had to catch a train to ride by from one end of it to the other.
Gnomes from Great Britain who came to Colorado to be with the miners. Told miners of the best gold and silver veins and warned against danger by making sounds on the walls. Played tricks on miners.
Poet Robert W. Service told his story in "The Shooting of Dan McGrew". Dan, an Alaskan card-player, was killed in a saloon after a barroom disagreement with a miner.
Fire goddess who lived in the lava lake of Kilauea Crater in Hawaii and erupted when angered.
Joel Chandler Harris, author, created this old black man to narrate animal legends to a young white boy. Brer Rabbit wins out over Brer Fox in most of his tales.
A meat inspector for the US Army. He stamped meat "US" and people thought this referred to his nickname. Soon the name started to mean anything referring to the United States.
Lived in St. Louis and sold his soul to the devil. Could do magnificent feats and played a "mean" guitar. Shot Billy Lyons for stealing his magic hat. Stack O'Dollars, his girlfriend, smoked cigars and had diamond fillings in her teeth.
Atlantic coast sailor, whose ship was so big he scraped the paint while passing through the English Channel, thus coloring the White Cliffs of Dover.
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