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Cattle Rustling

The term cattle rustling is derived from the cowboy culture of the Old West, and is used in America in regards to the raiding of ranches. Rustlers were very rarely arrested but it was still considered a serious offence, and vigilantes took matters into their own hands normally lynching the accused. The introduction of fenced… Continue reading Cattle Rustling

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Pat Garrett (Wild West lawman)

History is full of charismatic, influential, and dignified personalities regardless of the religion and cultures that they belong to. It is indeed a fact that the entire world is able to recall countless individuals for their untiring efforts and contributions that have made it possible for us to survive in a socially balanced and ethical… Continue reading Pat Garrett (Wild West lawman)

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History of Deadwood, South Dakota

During the ‘Black Hill Gold Rush’ in South Dakota, which started in 1874 and ended in 1877, miner John B. Pearson discovered Deadwood. There was a canyon within the Northern Black Hills where he found gold, and it became known as Deadwood Gulch due to the army of dead trees found there. Everyone started calling… Continue reading History of Deadwood, South Dakota

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The History of Lawmen in the Wild West – Rules and Regulations

The first set of rules for western lawmen was put in writing in 1882, by David Cook, in his book Hands Up! or Twenty Years of Detective Life in the Mountains and on the Plains. These were: Never hit a prisoner over the head with your pistol. You may need it later and find it… Continue reading The History of Lawmen in the Wild West – Rules and Regulations

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The History of Lawmen in the Wild West

When the westward migration began in the mid-19th century, there were many reasons for people choosing to make the journey. Most of them wanted a new start, including soldiers who had fought in the war and had no marketable skills and those that saw business opportunities, as well as numerous criminals looking for a way… Continue reading The History of Lawmen in the Wild West