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This Wild Wild West

Articles at WorldHistory.us relating to this topic covers 19th century America, west of the Rocky Mountains. Events, personalities, and the growth of towns from this colorful time will be described. Meet all your favorite characters such as Wyatt Earp, Lewis and Clark, and Geronimo.

James Ohio Pattie – Fur Trader, Mountain Man, and Explorer

Pattie's family lived in Missouri when James was born. After his mother died of consumption, his father was despondent. About that time, fur trapping...

Wild Bunch – The Wilcox Robbery: Who Did It?

On June 2, 1899, the Cheyenne Daily Sun-Leader reported that at 1:00 a.m. that morning, six masked men had held up Union Pacific train...

Wild Bunch – The Ice Wagon Affair

In the fall of 1901, the last thing Nashville, Tennessee, expected was trouble from a train robber. After all, it had been more than...

Newspapers of the Old West

Newspapers were considered a major sign that a western town became civilized. Everyone greeted the arrival of a printing press with great joy. People...

Edward F. Beale, Sailor, Adventurer, Explorer

Edward Fitzgerald Beale was born February 4, 1822, to George and Emily Truxtun Beale. They lived on a farm in the District of Columbia....

Phoebe and Holden Judson, Pioneers of Washington

Phoebe Goodell grew up in Vermillion, Ohio on Lake Erie. She married Holden Allen Judson in 1850. They went west to start their own...

Paulina, Shoshone Chief

Chief Paulina led a small band of Shoshone (Snake), Paiute, and Modoc raiders. He roamed the territory east of the Cascade Mountains of...

Jim Bridger and the Fur Trade, Part 1

Jim Bridger was born in the spring of 1804. When Jim was eight the family moved from Virginia to a Missouri farm not far...

Hank Vaughan, Oregon Rustler

Henry Clay Vaughan was born on April 27, 1849, to Alexander H. and Elizabeth Fields Vaughan. The family farm was located in the Willamette...

Wild West Women: Adah Isaacs Menken

Adah Isaacs Menken found her own brand of reward in the mining towns of early 1860s Nevada. Adah was as an actress, though she...
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