‘Little Sure Shot’, Annie Oakley

By | August 30, 2018

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Trick Shooting. Anne Oakley, champion trick shot (Getty Images)

When it comes to Old West heroines, one name often pops to mind – Annie Oakley. The eagle-eyed sharpshooting woman was so accomplished with her gun that she was invited to join Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1885. She toured the country – and traveled to Europe – demonstrating her shooting ability. Although her reputation and legacy are cemented in American culture, there are some little-known facts about Annie Oakley that add to her story. 

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First, Annie Oakley Wasn’t Really Her Name

It was Phoebe. Annie Oakley was born Phoebe Ann Moses in a rural part of Ohio on August 13, 1860. Her family took to calling her ‘Annie’ as an infant. When she began her entertainment career as a sharpshooter, she chose the stage name ‘Annie Oakley’, reportedly adopting the name of her Ohio town as her new surname.