10 Iconic Photos of the Old West

1. Geronimo

Geronimo was part of the Bedonkohe band of Chiricahau Apache that lived in the Southwest. He surrendered to the U.S. in 1886, effectively ending the Apache Wars in Arizona.

2. Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid was one of the most infamous outlaws of the West, and allegedly killed a person for each of his years alive: 21.

3. Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers were black cavalry and infantry deployed to protect the frontier after the Civil War. They were called "buffalo soldiers" by the Native Americans they encountered.

4. Quanah Parker

Quanah Parker was the most famous of the Comanches, and led them in their last days as an independent power and into life on reservations. He became one of the chief representatives for all Native American people.

5. Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley was an entertainer, markswoman and actress with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, where she toured the world displaying her frontier skills and experience.

6. Canyon de Chelly

Edward Curtis's iconic photo of Canyon de Chelly in Navajo land was taken in 1904, many years after the Navajo had been relegated to life on their reservation.

7. Bass Reeves

Bass Reeves was the first black U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi, and the inspiration for the Lone Ranger television series.

8. Transcontinental Railroad

The Transcontinental Railroad was completed when the Union Pacific and Central Pacific lines met at Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869.

9. Laura Bullion

Laura Bullion was an infamous outlaw, train robber, prostitute, cross-dressing master of disguise, and a member of the infamous Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch.

10. Jesse James

Jesse James was one of the first real train-robbers in the West and eventually came to be known as the most wanted outlaw in America.