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Karen Harris

Although Karen lives in the Midwest, she likes to put the emphasis on the "west." A freelance writer who specializes in American history, Karen has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Central Michigan University and a master's degree in English from Indiana University.

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People

Did Davy Crockett Really Die a Hero’s Death at the Alamo?

Remember the Alamo? That’s not a battle cry. It’s a legitimate question. If you dozed off during high…

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People

10 Facts About John Moses Browning, the “Father of Modern Firearms”

The Old West wouldn’t have been the Old West without John Browning — or at least without his…

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Life in the West

The Reality of Dying of Consumption in the Old West

If you could hop into a DeLorean time machine and go back to an Old West saloon, one…

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Outlaws

Shanghai Kelly: San Francisco’s King Crimp

In the last half of the 1800s, the bustling port town of San Francisco, which grew out of…

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Life in the West

Chuckwagon Chow: 8 Cattle-Drive Foods Cowboys Ate on the Trail

Cowboy life in the Old West can best be described as nomadic: we’re talking true cowboys who drove…

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Lawmen

Big Jim Courtright: 9 Things 1883 Didn’t Tell Us about the Old West Lawman

If you are a fan of the Paramount+ series Yellowstone (and who isn’t?), you were probably thrilled when…

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Outlaws

11 Reasons Why Kid Curry Was the Wildest of the Wild Bunch

Many of the most notorious names in Old West outlaw history somehow ended up banding together in one…

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Lost Mines & Treasure

7 Intriguing Stories of Lost Treasure in Utah

Come to think of it, Utah would be a great place to hide something. First, it is vast.…

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Life in the West

10 Wild West Facts of Everyday Life on the Frontier

You may have watched every episode of Bonanza, died of dysentery playing Oregon Trail, and read all the…

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Lost Mines & Treasure

7 Tantalizing Stories of Lost Treasure in Oregon

Even if all you had to go on was what you learned in movies, you probably know that…

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People

13 Bizarre Facts About Liver-Eating Johnson, the Revenge-Seeking, Cannibalistic Mountain Man

Have you ever watched the 1972 Western movie Jeremiah Johnson, starring Robert Redford as the title character? Good…

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People

9 Tall but True Tales About Luke Short, Western Gunfighter

Gunslinger, gambler, saloon owner, cowboy, and sports promotor (yes, really), Luke Short might not have the same name…