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OBB Level D The Labors of Hector

6 Myths are passed down and remembered over time in different ways. Ancient Greek myths were written down and recorded long ago. Native American myths were told and retold from generation to generation. Myths told in the days of the American Wild West (1770s-1890s) were often told by cowboys while they sat around campfires in the evenings. Sometimes the myths told of the Old West were about real people, such as Wild Bill Hickok. Born as James Butler Hickok, Wild Bill was a real-life western sheriff who was known for taming the most lawless towns of that time. Other Wild West myths included fictional characters, such as Pecos Bill. Pecos Bill was said to have superhuman strength. The myths about Pecos told of how he rode on a mountain lion and tamed snakes. Wild Bill Meet Pecos Bill Pecos Bill was a favorite character in Wild West myths. Cowboys told stories around the campfire about Pecos Bill. They said he was born with superhuman strength. He used rattlesnakes as whips, ate dynamite for food, and even lassoed a tornado! Pecos Bill became so famous that in 1996 his image was placed on a United States postage stamp.


OBB Level D The Labors of Hector
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