NAT "DEADWOOD DICK"
Nat Love was a cowboy in the Wild
West. He was born a slave in Davidson County, Tennessee,
he was about 15 after his fathers death. A few days later he gathered his belongings
and headed to Dodge City, Kansas to work as a cowpuncher for $30 a month. After a
few months, there he headed north for a cowboy competition in Deadwood City, South Dakota.
Love was excellent in everything! He succeeded in roping, tying, bridling, and
wrestling in 9 minutes flat, the closest competitor was 14 minutes. Next, he had the
expert shooter competition; he shot 15 our of 15 shots with a rifle at 250 yards.
The crowd was so impressed they gave him the nickname that followed him for a
lifetime. "Deadwood Dick'!
Revised: July 18, 2013.