The Long Riders' Guild
A quick overview of Frank
|He was born at Fort Laramie in
Curator of the Fort
Laramie National Historic Site:
"There is not only no
documentation, written or oral, to substantiate Hopkins’ claims, the
overwhelming evidence leaves no doubt that he was not born at, lived
anywhere near, or ever returned to Fort Laramie."
|His mother was a Sioux Indian.
|He won a race from Galveston,
Texas to Rutland, Vermont in 1886.
Casey Greene, Head of Special
Collections, Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas: "We've
referenced every newspaper between 1880 and 1890 but there is absolutely no
mention of Frank Hopkins or a race from Galveston to Vermont.”
"There is nothing in the local newspapers around that time about a race
ending here in Rutland. At that time everything was reported on, even
somebody going to New York for the weekend, so it is inconceivable that such
an interesting event would have gone unnoticed.
endurance Hopkins ever did was with his pencil."
|He was "star and ringmaster" of
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show for 32 years.
Juti Winchester, Curator of the Buffalo
Bill Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center: "We are unable
to find any Frank T. Hopkins in our database of known cast members,
acquaintances, employees, or friends of Colonel Cody. We find
that after Cody's death, some people made pretty spectacular claims about
their relationship with him, what they did in the Wild West show, and so
|He won a 3,000 mile, 1,000 year
old race in Arabia.
Dr. Awad Al-Badi,
Director of Research, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies:
"There is absolutely no record or reference to Hopkins with or without his
mustangs ever having set foot on Arabian soil. The idea of a historic long
distance Arab horse race is pure nonsense and flies against all reason. Such
an event in Arabiaany time in the past is impossible simply from a
technical, logistical, cultural and geopolitical point of view. This race
has never been part of our rich traditions and equestrian heritage."
Mohammed Talal Al-Rasheed, scholar in Arabic
and English literature and history: “The idea of such a race in Arabia
is a non-starter and can be debunked simply from an intellectual point of
view without even getting into the ludicrous logistics of it. It is a shabby
|He witnessed the massacre at
Author of many books including Encyclopedia of Indian Wars :
Western battles and Skirmishes, 1850-1890:
“Black Elk told his story
to John Neihardt in the 1930s and it was in the book ‘Black Elk Speaks.’
Some of this [Hopkins' version of the Massacre] is taken right from Black
Elk’s book, but it was Red Crow who was with Black Elk, not Hopkins. It is
so obvious that Hopkins is a fraud – I cannot see how he could have fooled
people for so many years.”
|He was a close personal friend
of Teddy Roosevelt.
Executive Director, Theodore Roosevelt Association: "There is
no listing of a Frank T. Hopkins in the Rough Rider roster in Virgil
There is no listing of a F. T. Hopkins in the index of the Theodore
RooseveltPapers in the Library of Congress - Roosevelt's correspondence files - and
virtually everyone who knew Rooseveltis
represented by letters in this collection. Did this man Hopkins say
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