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Frank T Hopkins 2
Age in 1930: 41 2
1865 1
Male 1
Estimated Birth Year: 1889 2
1951 1
Burial Date: 11 Nov 1951 1
Burial Place: Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery,QueensCo,NY 1
Place: NASSAU County, New York 2
From: 1930 2
Enumeration District: NORTH HEMPSTEAD TOWN 2
Gertrude Zebley 3
05 Nov 1891 3
Concord(DelawareCo),Pa 3
Employer: Ringling Brothers 4
Position: Horse Handler 4
Position: Ditchdigger 1

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Chattanooga, Tn

Frank T. Hopkins was from New York City. He was employed as a ditchdigger and as a horse handler for Ringling Brothers Circus. He was never an employee of "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show" and never traveled to Arabia to race a Mustang Horse. (Source: "The Long Riders' Guild" by Cynthia Culbertson; Review of the movie "Hildalgo"). Original article by Ms. Culbertson published in "Bob Magazine"; an Arts and Culture Magazine based in southern New Mexico.

Source:"The Long Riders Guild": In the 1910 U.S. Census, Hopkins stated that he was born in Texas. In the 1920 Census he stated that he was born in Wyoming and that his parents were born there too.

Gertrude Zebley Hopkins-Death

Chattanooga, Tn

According to the Long Riders Guild, Gertrude Hopkins died at her Long Island, NY home in 1971.

Here is the funny thing. There are those that try to say Hopkins was a fraud and yet here I am a man that lived through the mess in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and no one has written a book or historical account of what I had to do to survive. There are living decedents of people that knew Hopkins personally. Your history account is flawed. Shame on your for printing something you cannot pruve.

How many Frank T Hopkins do you think there could be?! In this world I would think there could be more then 1 and I would think that somehow someone could get them mixed up!


Toledo, IA

Well, I don't really care if the man existed as the one portrayed in "Hidago" or not.  There was evidently enough truth or fiction to lend his name to an outstanding story.  'Tis an incredible story, even if it is a yarn.

If you think about it, back then, you could take just about any name you wanted. There's no telling how many Frank Hopkins there were. If this story was not true, don't you think that the Arabs would have something to say about it? They are a proud people.

Anybody have an exact death date for Frank T. Hopkins?

I recently watched this movie. I have seen it several times and i think it embodies much of the cowboy spirit. Well, not just the cowboy spirit, but certain values that many people want to achieve in their own personal character, and life. Certainly, the pursuit of perfect character is fleeting, I still honestly believe there are individuals who have achieved this honor. It is possible even today and especially during the challenging times of the wild west. With any story, there is always some truth mixed with embellishment. Yet, what makes for a great story line and movie always does best when it relates to something we all strive for and that is timeless. I felt really connected to this movie in many ways. I grew up with horses. I have a special connection and communication with animals my entire life. I grew up in the country and I learned much of life's lessons from observing the behavior of our lesser creatures. I learned things from animals about agression, power struggles, jealousy, compassion, relationships, fear, enjoyment, hunger, and caring for their young. A horse is a creature with an amazing spirit. They are all about trust. They know who is good and bad. In the movie, Frank always showed compassion for his animal. Also, there were lessons about humans. One lesson I noticed was to remain positive even in the face of insults. Your goodness will always prevail. Strength of character, and having determination even in the face of much adversity. I was especially moved by his connection with the American Indian and the spirit of him holding within him his strength in ancestry. Theres somethin wierd about that, but it really does exist and sometimes when we are in our worst situations, is when we find the strength of what makes us who we are, our heritage. I wish I could articulate things better, but there is much more to this story than meets the eye. Yet, I do want to finish by saying yes its possible for a man like this to exist back then, and even today. Maybe its you.

According to stats above Frank's greatest accomplishment was his marrige at age 2. They have him born in 1889 and married in 1891! I wonder how long he was riding horses before he married at age 2?

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