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Nat Love: The Old West Adventures of a Former Slave, Black Cowboy, and Teller of Tall Tales

Nat Love certainly knew how to market himself. Without a doubt, the former slave turned Old West cowboy…

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Laura Bullion: The Thorny Rose of the Old West

When an 85-year-old Memphis seamstress died in 1961, she was buried beneath a tombstone with three lines of…

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Register Cliff: Where Pioneer Graffiti Becomes an Historic Time Capsule

Just like a large, blank building wall in an inner city tempts graffiti artists, a massive, soft sandstone…

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8 Facts About the Pleasant Valley War (That Aren’t So Pleasant)

It might not be the most well-known showdown, but the Pleasant Valley War was the most violent blood…

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8 Wells Fargo Stagecoach History Facts You Might Not Know

Wells Fargo’s express service helped to define and develop the Old West through stagecoaches and shotguns. The discovery…

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Prairie Pioneers: True & Inspiring Oregon Trail Stories

Overland pioneer stories are everywhere. There are thousands pooled in the ruts of the Oregon Trail slicing through…

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The Battle of Big Dry Wash: Last Fight of the Apache Wars

The fight at Big Dry Wash was the White Mountain Apaches’ last stand. Along the rim of a…

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The Short, Tragic Life of Mattie Blaylock, Wyatt Earp’s Second Wife

Celia Ann “Mattie” Blaylock was a prostitute and the common-law wife of Wyatt Earp, a western frontiersman famous…

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Westward Ho: Daily Life on the Oregon Trail

When was the last time your daily routine included helping an ox with his snot-rag or filtering your…

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10 Fascinating Facts About Jack Swilling, the Founder of Phoenix

John William “Jack” Swilling was a pioneer, mine owner, rancher, and prospector in the Arizona territory. He is…

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Hope Deferred: 16 Iconic Landmarks on the Oregon Trail

The many forts, rocks, springs and other landmarks along the Oregon Trail kept settlers from losing not just…

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10 Blood Meridian Quotes That Define Cormac McCarthy’s Brutal West

Cormac McCarthy uses disturbing imagery, memorable characters, and the sparse hopelessness of the American Southwest to convince us…