Bowleg Bill

Bowleg Bill is an American fakelore folk hero, a Wyoming cowboy hand who went seafaring.[1][2][3]


The book is a compilation of tall tales about a cowboy born in Wyoming to become a sailor, never an able-bodied one, but with many adventures, including the luring of whales with his music, capturing a mermaid, mutineering.[5]


  1. "All of America's folk heroes, in one map", a 1946 map by cartoonist William Gropper, shown at Vox
  2. Marshall Fishwick, Popular Culture in a New Age, p.44
  3. Man rides two-ton tuna. herds other fish. NEW ENGLAND: Botkin American 192-204. 1944. Dorson American Scholar l0:390-91. 1941 (Bowleg Bill), as cited in: Ernest W. Baughman, Type and Motif-Index of the Folktales of England and North America
  4. Entry at WorldCat
  5. 'American Regional Folklore: A Sourcebook and Research Guide, p. 101
  6. New England bean-pot; American folk stories to read and to tell, WorldCat entry
  7. New England bean-pot: American folk stories to read and to tell at Google Books snippet view
  8. A review at Kirkus Reviews
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