Mudcat Café message #36319 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #6252   Message #36319
Posted By: Joe Offer
29-Aug-98 - 01:02 AM
Thread Name: Origins: The Ballad of Soapy Smith (Al Oster)
Subject: RE: The ballad of Soapy Smith
Well, Bojangles, I found this historical note:
Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith
- Soapy Smith was best-known as king of the Denver underworld before heading to the Klondike in 1898. His plan was to seize control of Skagway, key gateway to the gold fields. He did it. His personal army of three hundred gangsters, prostitutes, pimps, card cheaters and outright thugs...ran the town of Skagway.
Soapy Smith's Parlor - built in 1897, this was the saloon of Jefferson "Soapy" Smith, the most infamous man in Skagway's history. He was killed by Frank Reid in a shootout on July 8, 1898.
Frank Reid -- Reid attended the University of Michigan, fought Indians in Oregon, then settled there as a school teacher. During the Klondike gold rush, he helped found Skagway, then became immortalized when he shot the gangster Soapy Smith. He died of injuries from the same gun fight

-Joe Offer-