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The Cattle Trails of the Wild West

During 19th century America, the cattle drives in the west became essential to the livelihood of a large part of the population. In the peak of the era, over 20 million animals were transported from Texas to railheads in Kansas, to be shipped to Chicago and other places in the east. The drives would begin… Continue reading The Cattle Trails of the Wild West

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The Wild West – 5 Interesting Facts about the California Gold Rush

In early 1848, gold nuggets were discovered in Sacramento Valley, which became the beginning of the California Gold Rush. This event helped to shape the history of the United States of America, especially the western states. Interesting facts about the era include: The discovery of gold caused one of the largest mass migrations in country’s… Continue reading The Wild West – 5 Interesting Facts about the California Gold Rush

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Wild West Outlaws – The Brave, the Bad and the Bold

The outlaws in the Wild West have been credited with incredible, heroic deeds, as well as brutal, unnecessary killings. Like everybody else during the era, many of them were trying to survive in the best way they knew how. A dangerous lifestyle often leads to a quick death, and leaving many loved ones behind. A… Continue reading Wild West Outlaws – The Brave, the Bad and the Bold

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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 idolised, 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… Continue reading Famous Lawmen in Western History

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The American Frontier – The Settlement of the West

The beginning of the American Frontier was marked by European settlement along the Atlantic coastline and eastern rivers, and continued until the last mainland states were added to the country in 1912. It was marked by the contrasting area at the edge of the European-American line of settlement, which moved steadily westward, from the 1630s… Continue reading The American Frontier – The Settlement of the West

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Crimes in the Wild West

The bandits, gunslingers and outlaws in the Old West greatly outnumbered law enforcement agents. In addition to violent crimes, criminals used the inconsistent justice system as an excuse to commit robberies whenever they could. They were often caught and punished by vigilantes, whose penalties could be much more severe than those of the law. Some… Continue reading Crimes in the Wild West

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Famous Outlaws – 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 criminal include: Billy the Kid The name given… Continue reading Famous Outlaws – Wild West Gunslingers

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Native American Superstitions – Tribal Legends of Arizona

Arizona is the home of several Native American tribes and, like other cultures, became the origin of legends associated with the survival of each. The stories are passed down through several generations and include: The Spider Tower Located near The Rio de Chelly Valley, is a deep gorge known as Dead Man’s Canyon. It contains… Continue reading Native American Superstitions – Tribal Legends of Arizona

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Native American Legends – The Ark on Superstition Mountain

Native American culture is rich with stories and legends, which vary throughout the tribes. Many of the legends are spiritual in origin, and have been passed down through generations by word of mouth. Tribe elders became the main storytellers, and did their best to ensure that tales of physical and spiritual origin was passed on… Continue reading Native American Legends – The Ark on Superstition Mountain

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Wild West Ghost Towns

At the end of the Old West era many boom towns were abandoned. Citizens packed their bags and left without looking back. Many of these are now referred to as ghost towns, because of their empty, haunting vibe. The violent nature of the era, and the killings that took place in the towns, have led… Continue reading Wild West Ghost Towns