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Annie Oakley Lived Down The Street

 
 
Annie Oakley Lived Down The Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 27, 2022
1. Annie Oakley Lived Down The Street Marker
Inscription.  
Annie "Little Sureshot" Oakley and her husband Frank Butler lived in Cambridge from 1913 to 1915. They first came to Cambridge in 1913 as part of the touring Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. They fell in love with the area and built a home on Hambrooks Boulevard. Annie put on several free shooting exhibitions. Local tradition holds that a neighbor, John Orr, would regale friends by telling them how Annie would shoot cigarettes out of her husband's mouth, especially when she was angry.

Friends and neighbors have recorded many tales of her extraordinary accuracy. Some include shooting a quarter in her husband's fingers, making it spin and splitting a card in half from thirty feet away, while he held it in his hand. Once she shot a basket of walnuts off a neighbor's tree while sitting in her rocker, then gave them to him and stated that she just couldn't resist shooting them off his tree. She even used her bird dog, Dave, as part of one of her tricks. He was trained to sit still as she shot an apple off his head, without flinching.

As a performer, she could outshoot any man. She once shot a ball, that was being twirled
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around, backward over her shoulder using its reflection on the blade of her bowie knife, as a guide. In Berlin, during her travels around the world, she shot a cigarette from Prince Wilhelm's mouth, at his request. He had seen her do this in London.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEntertainmentWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1913.
 
Location. 38° 33.986′ N, 76° 3.548′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is on Greenway Drive, 0.1 miles east of Abacco Lane, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 904 Smith St, Cambridge MD 21613, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robbins Heritage Center (here, next to this marker); Neild Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Smokehouse / Strong House; Helen C. Barber Herb Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Goldsborough Stable (within shouting distance of this marker); Meredith House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Meredith House (within shouting distance of this marker); Turning Numbers into Names… (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shoal Creek (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
 
Annie Oakley Lived Down The Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 27, 2022
2. Annie Oakley Lived Down The Street Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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