Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

Mountain Men and Early Pioneers (14)

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Picnic Season in The Old West

Spring is in the air alas. Now some of us can shake off the affects of cabin fever and head for the great outdoors and have a splendid picn…

Started by Carbine

1 Apr 9
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The lone tree incident

During the first half of the 19th century the U.S. government, in response to public pressure for land and resources, began a program of…

Started by dirtrider

2 Apr 3
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KATE WARNE, America's First Female Private Eye

Allan Pinkerton assumed the female applicant was looking for a clerical position. After finding out Kate is interested in becoming a detect…

Started by dirtrider

0 Jan 27

JOE MEEK, The Northwest’s David Crockett

He was bold, adventurous, humorous, a first class trapper, pioneer, peace officer, and frontier politician. More, he was the wittiest, salt…

Started by dirtrider

0 Jan 24

Pete Kitchen - Arizona Pioneer

  On a spring day in 1871 Pete Kitchen left the 17 Cavalry troop and one civilian packer, led  by Lt. Howard Cushing, and returned to his r…

Started by Carbine

1 Jul 22, 2011
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Fremont begins his second western expedition

On May 29, 1843, John C. Fremont departed from St. Louis, for the second time to explore the West, having only recently returned from his f…

Started by dirtrider

1 May 29, 2011
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William Sublette, fur trader, mountain man

The fur trader William Sublette headed a pack train out of Independence, Missouri, heading west for a disastrous rendezvous at Pierre's Hol…

Started by dirtrider

1 May 13, 2011
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THE APPLEGATE TRAIL

  The Applegate Trail, the southern route of the Oregon Trail, was blazed in 1846 as an alternate, and hopefully safer route to Oregon. Th…

Started by dirtrider

1 Apr 8, 2011
Reply by Stan H

JOHN COLTER, MOUNTAIN MAN

John Colter an American trapper and guide, was born in Augusta County, Virginia.  In 1803 he enlisted in the Lewis and Clark expedition. I…

Started by dirtrider

2 Jan 27, 2011
Reply by Stan H

A Donner Party Winter

All the wild heavy winter weather around the country has brought back memories for me of the time when I lived in Truckee, California, back…

Started by Gayle Martin

3 Dec 30, 2010
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