Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

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Crazy Horse's last battle

Battle of Wolf Mountain This photoprint of an illustration of the Battle of Wolf Mountain appeared in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper…

Started by dirtrider in American Indian

1 Jan 21
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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 in Mountain Men and Early Pioneers

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 in Mountain Men and Early Pioneers

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 in Mountain Men and Early Pioneers

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 in Mountain Men and Early Pioneers

1 Apr 8, 2011
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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 in Mountain Men and Early Pioneers

2 Jan 27, 2011
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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 in Mountain Men and Early Pioneers

3 Dec 30, 2010
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The Siege at Fort William Henry--an Old West "Prequel"

Most people would probably equate Indian wars as a strictly Old West phenomenom, but in reality this sort of thing goes all the way back to…

Started by Gayle Martin in Mountain Men and Early Pioneers

2 Nov 18, 2010

HUGH GLASS, MAN AMONG MEN FBP

Little is known of the early life of Hugh Glass. Possibly, he was born in Pennsylvania in the 1780s. Somehow around 1817, Glass was cap…

Started by dirtrider in Mountain Men and Early Pioneers

8 Sep 18, 2010
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Jul 27, 1806: Meriwether Lewis shoots Blackfoot Indian

While attempting to stop a band of young Blackfoot Indians from stealing his horses, Meriwether Lewis shot an Indian in the stomach. This a…

Started by dirtrider in Mountain Men and Early Pioneers

0 Jul 27, 2010

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