Longhairs of the Old West

Longhairs of the Old American West

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Tough Hombres. Nice Hair.

Gather ‘round the proverbial campfire, boys and I’ll tell you a tale about some of the roughinest, toughinest gunslingers, mountain men and longhairs of the old west you ever did see! And on top of all that, they had some of the best lookin’ lettuce the 1800s had to offer.

5 Legendary Longhairs of The Old West

Hugh Glass featured in ‘Longhairs of The Old West’

Hugh Glass


The legend of Old Glass has been around for some time now, but those of you familiar with the film, ‘The Revenant’ get the gist.

While it may be difficult to verify many claims about Glass and the life he led, one constant is the story of his brush with an angry grizzly bear in the early 1820s and the abandonment of his trapping party, particularly at the behest of two men named Bridges and Fitzgerald. This decision left him without supplies or protection on the harsh frontier.

Glass crawled over 200 miles (320 km) to reach Fort Kiowa in modern-day South Dakota. In order to make this arduous journey, he set his own broken leg, and had a bear skin sewn over his wounds to cover his exposed ribs.

After a brutal journey, crawling with gaping wounds and a busted leg for six weeks, Glass forgave Bridges (whom many claim to be the famous Jim Bridger) on account of his youth.

He also begrudgingly forgave Fitzgerald who, by the time Glass found him, had joined the Army. Not wanting to get into legal trouble with the military, he warned Fitzgerald to never get discharged or he would kill him.

Fitzgerald, if he considered himself wise, would have become a career Army soldier right then and there.

 John “Liver-Eating” Johnson

John “Liver-Eating” Johnson


The name alone strikes intrigue and fear into the hearts of many, but none so much perhaps as the members of the Crow tribe.

After Johnson’s wife was allegedly murdered by a group of Crow hunters, he set out on a blood-thirsty vendetta that would make John Wick quiver. Johnson is said to have killed, scalped, and ate the livers of over 300 Crow to avenge the death of his wife.

The eating of the livers was of particular significance to Johnson, as the Crow believed the liver to be extremely important to one’s journey in the afterlife.

As the number of casualties grew, so did the fear surrounding Johnson, making him one of the scariest longhairs of the old west. Thankfully, Johnson eventually made peace with the Crow, whom he later referred to as “his brothers.” The fear of his resolve, however, remains.

Sitting Bull featured in ‘Longhairs of The Old West’

Sitting Bull


A man of his convictions, Sitting Bull possesses many character attributes we would not be remiss in attaining. He was a legendary Lakota warrior, and had been from a relatively young age. After a raid on an enemy tribe, he was given an eagle feather (a sign of becoming a brave), a warrior’s horse, and a shield.

This was to become a central theme in his life, becoming a hero in Red Cloud’s War and The Great Sioux War of 1876 (which included The Battle of Little Bighorn). Needless to say, Sitting Bull was one that was not afraid to fight for what he believed in.

Despite the rapid expansion of the American West, Sitting Bull and others continued to resist until a fateful day in 1890. Sitting Bull was surrounded by soldiers and placed under arrest on bogus charges. His refusal to go quietly resulted in a skirmish that left 16 dead, including Sitting Bull.

Geronimo with a rifle and great hair.

Geronimo


Geronimo is one of the reasons why the Apache tribes are both feared and respected.

There are many called, but few chosen to lead. Geronimo clearly was chosen. While not a chief, he commanded large groups of warriors with his innate raiding skills and war tactics.

Following the tragedy of his wife and daughter being murdered by Mexican troops he, like “Liver-Eating Johnson,” set out on a bloody crusade filled with such brutality and carnage, it would send shivers down your spine.

His attitude was not unlike many of the American Indians that came before him. He resented the idea of people taking his land and confining him to a reservation. As such, he staged several breakouts from places that tried to contain him.

Geronimo died as a prisoner of war, but has since been remembered as a hero and brave warrior, both to those that fought with him, as well as against him.

Porter Rockwell featured in ‘Longhairs of The Old West’

Porter Rockwell


“I never killed a man that didn’t need killing.”

...yeah. John Wayne stole that quote from this guy.

Last but certainly not least, we have Porter Rockwell AKA The Destroying Angel of Mormondom—a nickname not to be taken lightly! Over the course of his career as a lawman, bounty hunter, and bodyguard, Rockwell took down more outlaws than Wyatt Earp, Doc “I’m your huckleberry” Holladay, Tom Horn, and Bat Masterson combined. That’s a hefty amount of corpses.

A sharpshooter and gunslinger through and through, Rockwell lived by the saying, “shoot first, that way the other guy knows you’re armed.” A controversial figure in both Mormonism and law enforcement, Porter was accused of murder three separate times, acquitted twice, and died before the third could be brought to book, making him the deadliest longhair of the old west!

Having been told by way of prophecy that, “if he never cut his hair, no bullet would ever strike him,” Rockwell sported shoulder-length hair and an equally long beard. To see this man show up at your hideout was essentially a death warrant. May as well crap your pants now and get it over with, fellers.

What’s striking is there are many instances told by eyewitnesses that prominent sharpshooters emptied their rifles at him without so much as causing his hair to billow. Prophecy fulfilled? You decide.

One more interesting thing to note about Mr. Rockwell is he actually cut his hair once to donate it to someone who lost their hair to typhoid fever. He was a hair donor before there was such a thing!

Are You As Tough As These Longhairs of The Old West?

This is just a short list of some of the most rootinest, tootenist, lettin’ it ridinist longhairs of the old west! Imagine how tough it was to keep the flow gorgeous before the days of Epic Cleanse & Ideal Conditions.

These men did remarkable things each in their own right, and each with a glorious set of locks.

Let me know who I missed in the comments, I’d love to hear who else you’ve got!
El Spencerino

El Spencerino

El Spencerino is a Fulfillment Specialist for The Longhairs. He’s a powerbuilder, jiu jitsu practitioner, drummer, and overall music enthusiast. His passion for equality in the hair community is exceeded only by his massive biceps.

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  1. in the far east (France), when longhair doesn’t surprise nobody, an advertizing for an important energy purchaser: Engie ( former Gaz de France): https://youtu.be/_8_LEa_eebA
    and now another with a very longhair by Auchan( a local ” Wallmart”) is published on french tv but non ailable et Yt

    1. He is our guy! Chamane, if you have a contact, we would happy to send him a package from The Longhairs!

      1. i’ ve found the Auchan’s add: https://youtu.be/lUxevAW0qLg
        bonus, a bun styled man in an add for the french gov. post’s bank service: https://youtu.be/b6b8WSIlpfo
        if even it is difficult to contact Engie’s com service, i work on founding this longhair father
        and, from the 90″s ( where they were a few longhair, tied in ponytail ( called ” catogan”), and the women were almost all bobbed the french tv sitcom ” Helène et les Garçons”: https://youtu.be/gSc2jQM4jDo
        it seems that , after the black skin veterans ( after the world wars, those who served in France could never get a passport…), Uncle Sam is scarred his longhairs could emigrate to France, and use the covid to avoid it !!!!

  2. in this time, in the “Bible’s Belt” where were coming the first homesteaders, they trusted more in Judges ( Samson) than in Paul Corinthians XI ( don’t you know it’s a shame for a man to be longhair?)…
    happily, there are less fundamentalist parsons around LA ( for the movie and a “longhairs gang” near Mexico’s border)

  3. Hola Amigos!
    I enjoyed the descriptions of 19th century Western longhairs! Just wondering – have you ever written about the musical “Hair”? What incredible lyrics about hair: ” Let it fly in the breeze and make a home for my fleas”. Guess I was growing hair before you guys were even born, but had to “get respectable” for a job in 1970, and whacked it off – just now getting back to thinking about where my fleas can be happy!

  4. Aside from the too numerous to mention Natives, we also had Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickok.

  5. Just and idea: Some kinda “Longhairs Inspired Man Type” Turby Towel to aid in hair drying

  6. Jeremiah Johnson … Great movie with Robert Redford … Definitely took some story from Liver Eater

  7. Good list, but you should’ve included perhaps the two Most flamboyant of them all, Wild Bill Hickok and General George Armstrong “yellow hair” Custer.

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      We’re thinking a second series on this is in the making!

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