The Saga of Two-Gun Nan — part 6

After her legendary ride, Nan and her husband Frank worked to capitalize on her fame. Various newspapers reported their plans for the future. Possibilities included performances in Atlantic City, teaching society women in Newport, Rhode Island, to ride and rope, and touring Europe as a Wild West performer. She may have done some of this, but there is no record of a trip to Europe.

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Calexico Chronicle, Feb. 16, 1916

In the following years they appeared in rodeos, roundups, and fairs across the West and performed on the vaudeville circuit. They must have been constantly on the road.

An item in the Calexico Chronicle describes their show. Nan was not only the “Montana Girl,” doing her fancy rope tricks, she was also Nana, the Oriental dancer, and probably also La Serranita, the Spanish dancer. All it took was a change of costume.

So when did she become “Two-Gun” Nan?

During her cross-country journey, newspaper referred to her as “the Montana girl,” “the lariat girl,” and “the cowboy girl.” Nan and Frank came up with the name “Two-Gun” Nan, to emphasize her trick shooting, probably sometime in the 1920’s, when this poster appeared.

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About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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