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The West's Greatest Power Couples

The power pairs of the West.
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1. Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock: Frontierswoman and military scout Martha “Calamity Jane” Canary met sharpshooter James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok on a wagon train bound for Deadwood, Wyo., in 1876. Although the exact nature of their bond remained questionable during their colorful lives, Jane’s devotion was made clear with her final request: she was laid to rest beside Bill in Mount Moriah Cemetery in 1903.

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2. Annie Oakley and Frank Butler: When Frank Butler challenged local marksmen to a shootout as part of his traveling variety act, he didn’t expect to be answered by a 5-foot-tall, 15-year-old girl named Annie. She beat him handily, earning the prize money and his heart. After their marriage, Annie joined the act and her sharpshooting skills quickly became a national sensation. Annie passed away Nov. 3, 1926, months after their 50th anniversary. Frank died 18 days later.

3. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans: Roy and Dale met on the set of The Cowboy and the Senorita (1944). They were married four years later and together made 28 films and produced The Roy Rogers Show (1951–1957). Throughout their 51-year marriage, they always held themselves and their family to a high moral standard, believing, as Dale was fond of saying, “Your life is the only Bible some people will ever read.” 

4. Johnny Cash and June Carter: This famous duo found each other on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in 1956. Johnny joined June and the Carter Family in many performances before popping the question during a live performance in 1968. The passion that fueled their relationship bled naturally into their music, winning them two Grammy awards for their duets, “If I Were a Carpenter” and “Jackson.” Their 35-year marriage ended upon June’s death in 2003. Johnny died four months later.

5. Trevor and Shada Brazile: He’s a 19-time world champion and she’s an NFR qualifier from royal rodeo stock. Between rodeos, the fast-riding duo homeschools their two children, Treston and Style, who travel with them on the road. Together, they’re committed to living the competitive cowboy lifestyle the way it’s meant to be lived—as a family. 

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