Soapy Smith's Soap Box blog
The history blog of the Soapy Smith Preservation Trust and Friends of Bad Man Soapy Smith. This blog is an extension of Jeff Smith's book, Alias Soapy Smith, the
Life and Death of a Scoundrel. Feel free
to ask questions or leave comments. To do so click the "comments" link below each article.
Soapy Smith Discussion Board
THE place to go for the latest news and discussion relating to
Soapy Smith, the people he associated with, the places he went, etc. In association with the Soapy Smith Preservation
Trust and the Friends of Bad Man Soapy Smith.
Site includes section on U. S. S. Wake Commander Columbus Darwin Smith, whom was captured in 1941 just hours
after the Japanese December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Columbus escaped his captors in 1944 and traveled some 700 miles
(Soapy's son) Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa created a nice
website on famous American artist Grant Wood and his 1933-34 Stone City Art Colony, Iowa.
This is where Soapy's son Jefferson R. Smith lll, and his 2nd wife artist Florence Sprague., met. This site has a biography
on Jefferson. Jeff Smith (Soapy's great-grandson) was key in helping
this site with information.
Luther Martin Smith
(Soapy's uncle) This site covers the history of Luther's
position as Emory University President, 1867-71.
Randolph "Little Randy" Smith
(Great-grandson) This site is devoted to Randy's love of Harley Motorcycles and his custom parts
Randolph "Little Randy" Smith
This site is devoted to Randy's company that he founded, Custom Cycle Engineering.
Florence (Smith) Sprague
Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa created a nice website on famous American artist Grant
Wood and his 1933-34 Stone City Art Colony, Iowa. This is where Soapy's son Jefferson R. Smith lll, and his 2nd wife Florence
Sprague, a well known artist, met. This site has a biography on Florence. Jeff Smith (Soapy's great-grandson) was key
in helping this site with information.
Soapy's Virtual Gravesite
Leave a thoughtful message, and even a flower or cigar, at the Soapy Smith virtual gravesite (Find
A Grave). You can also vote on how popular Soapy is, and we ask that you please do so. The Smith family asks you to take a
little time and leave your thoughts, whether pro Soapy, or not.
Confidence Men, Gamblers & Crime
Products & Entertainment
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ancestors in free genealogical prison and convict records, historical court records, executions, insane asylum records and
biographies of famous outlaws, criminals & pirates in the United States, United
Kingdom and Canada.
The Blonger Brothers
Sam and Lou Blonger were the rivals and successors of
"Soapy's" empire in Denver. This is a wonderful "tell all" website that is beautifully detailed and
a well written history of one of the longest underworld reigns in criminal history. Operated by Scott and Craig Johnson,
the g-g-great grand nephews. A must see.
Clews: The Historic True Crime Blog. Clews is a weblog devoted to the discovery and dissemination
of the fascinating stories to be found where murder, history, and journalism overlap. It is written by Laura James, former
news reporter turned trial lawyer and devotee of forgotten true crime stories and the fascinating people who wrote them.
The Days of '98 Show (With Soapy Smith)
Strangly it is our favorite! Advertised as "the longest running show in the North!" Starting
in 1925. Owner Jim Richards is a good friend of the Smith family and was instrumental in starting the very first Soapy Smith
Wake. If you go to Skagway you CANNOT miss this show.
The Encyclopedia of Scams
your favorite scams, swindles and bar bets at the Encyclopedia of Scams. written by Nicholas J. Johnson, “Australia's
honest con man.” The Encyclopedia teaches readers the difference between the pigeon drop and a cackle bladder
and much more.
The Faro King
This is a great source for faro and other old west gambling supplies. Featuring quality reproduction
old west playing card decks, clay composition chips and faro dealing boxes. Check them out whether you play at home or
plan to set up a stake at an up coming annual match or civil war/old west reenactment.
The Frontier Gambler
Bob Wood's site dedicated to those men and
women that made their living by the turn of a card. The site includes a lot of history on the gamblers, including Soapy Smith,
Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Lottie Deno and Poker Alice. History of the games include faro, keno, hazard, chuck-a-luck, craps
This fun site contains crooked gambling equipment, especially dice, used by hustlers
and scoundrels to fleece the unwary. Steve, owner of the firm says, "The number of ways dice were rigged is quite interesting."
Award winning, master sleight-of hand magician. Vice President of the Magic Castle in Hollywood,
California. Co-founder of the School For Scoundrels. Producer of the annual Soapy Smith Wake held at the Magic Castle. If
you want to see how bunco men worked their games then Mr. Haydn is a must see. He can be found performing at the Magic Castle.
Please check their site for dates. Whit Haydn is a huge fan of Soapy's and a good friend of the Smith family and this
website. He holds a place of honor here.
Knights of the Green Cloth
reenactment organization preserving the legend and spirit of the professional frontier gambler, their name was taken from the
book of the same title. Very nice and informative site, that includes links to information on several old west saloon gambling
games that are no longer played, but were once very popular; including faro, brag, monte, chuck-a-luck and hazard.
The Magic Castle
This is magic central in southern California.
A very plush, members and their guests only club where magicians get together and perform. They
host the annual "Soapy" Smith wake in Hollywood, California.
website owned by friend Phil Gessert. Phil manufacturers and sells reproduction and original faro (pharo) equipment. He also
hires out for those needing a casino affair. The site is an interesting look into the history and the characters involved
with the old west game. There are some great photographs of various events Phil has worked at, including the July 8, 2006
Soapy Smith night at the Magic Castle.
The School for Scoundrels
THE store and school for the entertaining con man. They have fantastic products and DVD's on the shell
game, three-card Monte, Billiard know-how and a host of other games played by the hustler. There is a great history section
on the bunco men of the past. The school is taught at the world famous Magic Castle.
The School for Scoundrels Forum
here is a fantastic forum with numerous threads relating to gambling and the bunco man. It is the brain-child of Whit Haydn
of the School for Scoundrels. Perhaps the most educational forum on bunco activities in the world! Visitors can view threads
on topics of old west con man history, pool hustling, laws, and Soapy Smith. Visitors with an interest can join the section
entitled SOAPY'S GANG that contains four topic threads. A must see!
is the most authentically detailed and entertaining version of the gambling game of faro in the world. This award winning
site takes place in a virtual saloon setting complete with crowd and gambling noises. Even saloon music is supplied by a piano.
Faro was Soapy Smith's favorite gambling game. He once slashed a faro layout with his knife at the Arcade gaming clubs
in Denver, Colorado.