Western Life

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

Western Fiction

History of the American Western Novel

A good story is one that can transport the reader to a different place, another time period or both. American Westerns were written to depict life and adventures in the ‘Wild West.’ The writers often based the novels on real people, exaggerating hardships and violence to make the story more interesting.  The desert landscapes where… Continue reading History of the American Western Novel

Western Life

Towns in the Wild West

With the mass migration to the west, new towns appeared continuously so that people had places to socialize and fulfill any necessary requirements. Some of these were: Animas Forks, Colorado; Bannack, Montana; Bodie, California; and Rhyolite, Nevada. Other towns, such as Deadwood, South Dakota, encouraged mayhem because they were out of the reach of the… Continue reading Towns in the Wild West

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

Western Life

More Greatest Surviving Outlaws of the Old West

Stories about outlaws of the Old West have been the inspiration for many books and films, along with the relationships they had with the lawmen that pursued them. Here are two more infamous outlaws that live on through their infamous deeds. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Robert Lee Parker, aka Butch Cassidy, was born… Continue reading More Greatest Surviving Outlaws of the Old West