Pecos Bill could ride any thing. Nothing could throw him. Pecos Bill was only thrown once in his whole career as a cowboy. He was thrown off of a tornado in Kansas. It was the biggest tornado you ever would see. It turned the sky green and black. In China the farmers even woke from the loud roar of the tornado. He pushed the tornado to the ground and jumped on its back. It went all the way down to Texas. The Tornado found that it wasn’t going to get the cowboy off its back. It rained itself out by heading west toward California. It washed out the Grand Canyon from all of the water it made. Bill fell off when the tornado was down to practically nothing. Bill had hit the ground so hard that it made the land sink to sea level. People called that spot Death Valley. That is how rodeo got started but cowboys usually stick to bulls these days.
Paul Bunyan Tall Tale!
Paul Bunyan is a lumberjack. Paul Bunyan had two very giant colorful animals. There was a purple cow named Lucy and a blue ox named Babe. He liked to make many trees into lumber so the town’s folk could use it. Lumber work was very tiring and Paul’s 7 axmen were very hungry. His chef Sourdough Sam made flapjacks and then the crew fought over them every day. Paul had thought of a way to get them to stop fighting. He would make the world’s biggest flapjack. The pan for the flapjack needed lots of iron. So Paul claimed an iron cave and named it Bunyan mine. Geese, ducks, chickens and loons from all over came to lay eggs for the pancake batter. Sam scared the fouls to lay all of their eggs for the pancakes. Sam had a son named Biscuit Slim who was a champion bike rider. The pancakes were being made in a huge lake. Biscuit Slim rode an enormous eggbeater on the lake to mix the batter.
Paul’s girlfriend got blueberries to make blueberry flapjacks. They got maple syrup from trees by having bees stick their noses into the trees. Everyone sat at Paul's two-mile long dining table. The pancake was cut with Paul’s giant axe. Biscuit Slim rode his giant eggbeater around the table to serve the flapjacks. Then everyone got to eat.
John Chapman, otherwise known as Johnny Appleseed spent 49 years of his life planting apple seeds. He was born in Massachusetts on September 26, 1774. He created apple orchards in the following places: Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Some of the trees still bear fruit even after 200 years. Everywhere Johnny went he made friends. He made friends with Indians, settlers, and even the animals.
Johnny wanted a world were no one was hungry. He slept out doors and walked around barefoot. Everywhere he went he planted apple seeds. He melted snow with his feet for drinking water. His hat was a tin pot and his clothes were made out of sacks. He used his tin hat for cooking. Once when Johnny fell asleep, a rattle snake had tried to bite him in his foot but his skin was as tough as an elephant’s hide.
John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) died in 1845. That was the first time he had been sick in over 70 years!
John Henry was born in the 1840's as a slave. He was freed after the war. No one truely knows if John Henry ever really existed. He was a railroad constructer and worked all day from 6-5. His story is told through song. Many different people have recorded John Henry's song. He was born either in North Carolina or Virginia; no one truly knows. He grew to be six feet tall and weighed 200 pounds, which was a giant in that time. He was a good banjo player and had a wonderful baritone voice. Some consider his song a good protest anthem. He died in his 30's.