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building the transcontinental railroad

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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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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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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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…

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The Origins of Scalping: A True and Surprising History

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

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Why Did People Move West in the 1800s?

When the first Europeans arrived on the eastern shores of North America, they could scarcely comprehend the vast…

wells fargo stagecoach history

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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Taos Lightning: Old West Whiskey That Made Hair Fall Off the Chihuahua

According to legend, one sip of the 50-proof whiskey made from rich New Mexico wheat was all it took to make one think he had been struck by lightning.

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Bowie Knives: The Old West’s Most Famous Blade

Colt revolvers aside, the Bowie knife was the weapon that made the Wild West wild. The unique design…