Burk or Burke (bûrk), Martha Jane Known as Ca·lam·i·ty Jane (kə-lămĭ-tē jān) 1852?-1903.
American frontierswoman who gained fame first as a cavalry scout and eventually as a performer with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show.
(click for a larger image)Martha Jane Burk
c. 1886 photograph by
Henry R. Locke
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