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17 Epic Facts about the Transcontinental Railroad

When the Golden Spike connected Central Pacific and Union Pacific rails at Promontory Summit, Utah, in May 1869,…

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10 Interesting Facts About Long Branch Saloon, Dodge City’s Infamous Watering Hole

Fans of the television show Gunsmoke may have fond memories of the Long Branch, Dodge City, Kansass lively…

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14 Vintage Old West Magazines You Can Still Find Today

The 1960s and ’70s ushered in a golden era of Old West magazine publishing, and today these aged-but-entertaining…

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Arts & Entertainment

29 Most Iconic Quotes from Tombstone

The classic 1993 Western Tombstone is full of memorable quotes from Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the infamous…

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Flint Knapping: Stone Age Technology that Built the First Nations

For thousands of years, the Native American people of North America relied on stone arrowheads and project points…

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Curly Bill Brocius Shot and Killed by Wyatt Earp: Fake News or the Real Deal?

William “Curly Bill” Brocius was only on Arizona’s Old West scene for a little more than three years,…

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7 California Ghost Towns that Capture the Golden State’s Rich Mining History

These seven ghost towns in California show glimpses of just how the ’49ers lived in their pursuit of…

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Manifest Destiny: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In an essay published in the July-August 1845 issue of The United States Magazine and Democratic Review, John…

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7 Strange but True Stories of the American West

From a distasteful painting that got people killed, to the unlikely location of a Civil War battle, these…

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10 Famous Guns of the Old West, from Revolvers to Rifles

No single gun won the West, but these 10 firearms certainly carved a niche in its history. The…

origins of scalping

The Origins of Scalping: A True and Surprising History

Native Americans may have invented scalping, but European contact accelerated it.

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7 Facts about Johnny Ringo You Won’t Learn from Movies

Johnny Ringo was a charismatic, B-list thug with an A-list reputation in American West history. Best known as…