Got up today and worked on the most famous Western woman you've never heard of.
She was the most famous woman on the American frontier – Sarah Bowman, truly larger than life in every way and known to all as the “Great Western.” Jeff Ake, who met her at Paddy Graydon’s Sonoita saloon in 1856, was awestruck: “They called her old Great Western. She packed two six-shooters, and they all said she shore could use ‘em, that she had killed a couple of men in her time. She was a hell of a good woman.” Ake’s father, Grundy, spoke of Sarah reverently as simply, “the greatest whore in the West.”
—Paul Andrew Hutton