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Soapy Smith

Soapy Smith

One of the best-known con men of the American Old West, Smith established criminal empires in Colorado and Alaska. His nickname comes from his main scam, in which he duped townsfolk into thinking he was selling them soap cakes wrapped in money. His cronies in the crowd would then buy all of the money-wrapped cakes, leaving paper-wrapped soaps for everyone else. However, Smith’s seedy ways were his undoing, and he was shot in 1898 after stealing a miner’s gold. What were his last words? More…

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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3 thoughts on “Soapy Smith

  1. Ah yes, the unofficial king of Skagway, Alaska – he was a force to be reckoned with, there, for a few years.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | June 28, 2013, 8:52 am
  2. Hi, I am the author of ALIAS SOAPY SMITH: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A SCOUNDREL, as well as a great-grandson of Soapy. For info on Soapy you might also enjoy my websites.

    Jeff Smith
    (The main website) http://www.soapysmith.net
    (The blog for the latest news) http://www.soapysmiths.blogspot.com

    Posted by Jeff Smith | November 3, 2013, 5:57 am

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