Who was Texas Jack?
John Baker Omohundro (July 26, 1846 – June 28, 1880), also known as "Texas Jack," was a frontier scout, actor, and cowboy. He served under Gen. J.E.B. Stuart in the Confederate army, drove cattle on the famous Chisolm Trail, and was a close friend to William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody and James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok. With Cody and Hicock, he starred in one of the first true "Western" stage plays, the forerunner of Western movies, books, and TV shows. He became a hero of dime novels as well as a newspaper correspondent. He died in 1880, of pneumonia, in Leadville, Colorado, and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery there.
“He was an expert trailer and scout. I soon recognized this and... secured his appointment in the United States service...In this capacity I learned to know him and to respect his bravery and ability. He was a whole-souled, brave, generous, good-hearted man...who was one of my dearest and most intimate friends.”--William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, 1910
“J.B. 'Texas Jack' Omohundro was a true exponent of those plainsmen who contributed so greatly to the conquering of the western wilderness. He left an indelible mark in the annals of the old west, one which will stand so long as thoughtful people pay homage to those pioneering spirits who helped move the centers of civilization westward."--Herschel C. Logan, Buckskin and Satin