Western Life

The Wild West

During the second half of the 19th century, western USA (which was considered any area west of the Mississippi River) became a major center of growth for American colonizers. Cowboys and their cattle, horses and the small towns that revolved around them were the trademarks of the Wild West. This expansion led to the unification… Continue reading The Wild West

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The Greatest Surviving Legends of the Old West

In spite of all the major changes which took place in Western America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, stories about outlaws seem to be the ones that we remember the most. The actions of these bandits have been the inspiration for many books and films, along with the relationships they had with… Continue reading The Greatest Surviving Legends of the Old West

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The Wild West – Laid to Rest

The final resting place of Henry McCarty aka William H. Bonney aka ‘Billy the Kid’, is in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. The exact location is now a mystery, as a flood in the area removed his headstone and many others. Duplicates have been placed on a likely spot which is now protected by bars, due… Continue reading The Wild West – Laid to Rest

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Famous Lawmen in Western History

The era of the Wild West is remembered in part for the numerous outlaws that plagued the towns. Although less of them are idolized, there were brave lawmen that were responsible for the downfall of many of these criminals. These included: Pat Garrett The legendary Patrick ‘Pat’ Garrett started his career as Lincoln County Sheriff… Continue reading Famous Lawmen in Western History

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Wild West Gunslingers

The Wild West was a time of madness and mayhem. Outlaws earned respect because of their fearless, and often cruel, ways. Many of them managed to evade officials for years, and their legacies have lived on in the forms of books and films. Some of these western criminals include: Billy the Kid The name given… Continue reading Wild West Gunslingers