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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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Explorers & Pioneers

Jim Bridger: Trailblazing Raconteur & Mountain Man of the West

Sitting around evening campfires, Jim Bridger, one of the Old West’s funniest trail guides, frontiersmen, trappers, and explorers,…

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Lawmen

Frank Hamer: The Tough Texas Ranger Who Brought Down Bonnie & Clyde

In the early hours of May 23, 1934, Frank Hamer, a tough-as-nails Texas Ranger with a deep, authoritative…

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Women

Molly Brown’s Unsinkable Wild West Rags-to-Riches Story

The Unsinkable Molly Brown is forever associated with the RMS Titanic, the ill-fated luxury liner that struck an…

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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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Places

9 Reasons Why Fort Bridger was the Worst Fort on the Oregon Trail

Between the early 1840s and the end of the 1860s, more than 400,000 settlers traversed the 2,170-mile Oregon…

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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.…