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May 25, 2015

Geronimo, Leader of the Bedonkohe Apache, Taking a Drive in a Locomobile Model C, 1905

The photograph of Geronimo driving a car was actually taken on June 11, 1905, at the Miller brothers’ 101 Ranch, located southwest of Ponca City, Oklahoma. The car is a Locomobile, and the Indian in full headdress to Geronimo's left is Edward Le Clair Sr., a Ponca Indian.

Geronimo so admired Le Clair’s beaded vest that it was presented to him later in the day. When Geronimo died in 1909, he was buried in the vest. The photograph was taken during a special 101 Ranch show for the U.S. press. Thousands of newspaper editors and reporters flocked to it.

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