Legend of Skunk Johnson

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

They say he seemed to appear out of nowhere about 1869 or 70. No one is certain where he came from, “except that his dialect indicated that he was a native of Hoosierdom (Indiana).”

That was how the legend began.

Tales of his exploits became one of the traditions of the frontier and was told years afterward in newspapers across the country. A story in 1911 noted that, “For years his story was told by campfires, and always with boisterous laughter” ... over the origin of his name.

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