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Regional Tall Tale America

Tall tales include larger-than-life heroes from a specific region in a story where there is a hardship, exaggeration, and humor in the plot.


Collections of American Tall Tale Stories

John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) (1774 - 1845)
(Massachusetts) [orchard worker]



Barney Beal (Maine)



Tony Beaver (West Virginia)
[axe-swinging lumberjack]



Big Mose (New York)



Bowleg Bill (Wyoming/California/Massachusetts)
[tuna fishing conqueror of the horse mackerel; broncobuster]



Ol' Gabe (Jim Bridger) (1804 - 1881)(Yellowstone)


Strap Buckner (Texas)



Paul Bunyan (Maine/North Dakota/northern states)
[lumberjack and logger]



Bess Call (Essex County, New York)
[1830s strongwoman]



Annie Christmas (New Orleans, Louisiana)
[riverwoman]



Davy Crockett (1786 - 1836) (Tennessee)
the 1836 Texas Revolution]



Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett (Mississippi River Area)



John Darling (1809 - 1893) (Catskills, New York)
[New York farmer; California goldminer]



Febold Feboldson (Nebraska)
[popcorn balls]



Mike Fink (Ohio River)
[Mississippi keelboatman]



Sal Fink (Ohio River)
[1820s-1840s "Mississippi Screamer"]



Jose Gaspar (Tampa, Florida) [LEGEND]
[pirate] [Gasparilla Festival]


John Henry (Virginia)
[Southern railroad worker]



Jim Higgins (Tennessee)



Casey Jones (John Luther Jones of Cayce, Kentucky)
[railroad engineer]



Joe Magarac (Pennsylvania)
[Hungarian post-Civil War steelworker]



Gib Morgan (1842 - 1909)(Pennsylvania/Texas/So. Am./Fiji Islands)
oil man



Kemp Morgan (Oklahoma/Louisiana)



Ocean-Born Mary (New Hampshire)



Ichabod Paddock (Nantucket)
[whaler]



Sam Patch (Massachusetts)



Pecos Bill (Texas)
[cowboy raised by coyotes]



Railroad Bill (Alabama)



Slue-Foot Sue (Texas)



Steamboat Bill (Missouri)



Capain Alfred Bulltop Stormalong (Cape Cod, Massachusetts)
[New England sailor]



Sweet Betsey from Pike (Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California)
[westward movement during the 1849 gold mining period]



John Tabor (Nantucket, Massachusetts)
[sailor who experienced the "Nantucket sleigh ride"]



Jean Lafitte
[New Orleans pirate]





Edward Teach (Blackbeard) (North Carolina) [LEGEND]
[pirate]



Windwagon Smith
[sailor on the plains]



Other Tall Tales and Legends