STRANGE MONUMENT TO "SOAPY" SMITH
Famous Bad Man of the Klondike, Fashioned from natural rock 25 feet high.
For decades I had a xerox copy of the newspaper clipping someone in family had sent my father in 1937. In December 2020 a seller on eBay sold me the original clipping shown at the top of this post. The newspaper is unknown, but Ripley's published this in 1937, so at least that much is certain. It's going to be displayed in a nice frame, which is the easy part for me. The hard part will be finding a spot on my overfilled wall-space to hang it.
|Soapy Smith Skull|
Jeff Smith's collection
|Soapy Smith's Skull|
Photo by Mark Larsen
"He was noted for the generous side of his nature, and his friends shared in his luck—just as they always did if they needed money and ‘Soapy’ had any."
—Rocky Mountain News, July 11, 1915