Soapy Smith, 1898. Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith II was a famous con artist, saloon and gambling house proprietor, gangster and crime boss of the nineteenth century old west. A con involving soap in Leadville, Colorado earned him his nickname.

Soapy Smith, Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith II was a famous con artist, saloon and gambling house proprietor, gangster and crime boss of the nineteenth century old west. A con involving soap in Leadville, Colorado earned him his nickname.

Ian Hart as Soapy Smith in "Klondike"

Ian Hart as Soapy Smith in "Klondike"

Soapy Smith

His new club, which he named after himself, is still standing in Skagway.

The Soapy Smith skull (Skagway, Alaska). It was painted on a natural rock formation of a human skull in the 1920s as a tourist dedication to Klondike gold rush bad man, Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith.

The Soapy Smith skull (Skagway, Alaska). It was painted on a natural rock formation of a human skull in the as a tourist dedication to Klondike gold rush bad man, Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith.

Soapy Smith's Saloon Bar at Skagway, Alaska, 1898 Photographic Print

Soapy Smith's Saloon Bar at Skagway, Alaska, 1898

Soapy Smith's Soap Box: Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant. A must visit. Their King Crab Burgers are legendary!

(Click image to enlarge) W hen in Fairbanks, Alaska all loyal Soapy Smith fans must eat at Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant.

John Wilson Vermillion (1842–1911), alias "Texas Jack" and later as "Shoot-Your-Eye-Out" Vermillion, was a gunfighter of the Old West known for his participation in the Earp vendetta ride and his later association with Soapy Smith.  Born:  John Wilson Vermillion in 1842  died  in 1911.  He was a gunfighter, soldier, lawman, outlaw, Methodist preacher; participated in the Earp vendetta ride.  He died peacefully in his sleep.

John Wilson Vermillion alias Texas Jack and later as Shoot-Your-Eye-Out Vermillion, was a gunfighter of the Old West known for his participation in the Earp vendetta ride and his later association with Soapy Smith.

Jefferson "Soapy" Smith grave. Crime Figure. Gold Rush Cemetery, Gold Rush, Alaska 2009.jpg

Shootout on Juneau Wharf - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - American con artist and gangster Soapy Smith was killed in Skagway, Alaska, when an argument with fellow gang members turned into an unexpected gunfight.

klondike gold rush | Original 1898 Photos Soapy Smith Alaska Klondike Gold Rush | eBay

klondike gold rush | Original 1898 Photos Soapy Smith Alaska Klondike Gold Rush | eBay

Last pic of Soapy Smith alive

Last pic of Soapy Smith alive

Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Soapy Smith in Creede, Colorado

For the next several years, Earp worked as a lawman in Dodge during cattle-trading season, spending the rest of the year as a professional gambler in Texas .

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