Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

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John Wesley Hardin, deadly at heart

Outlaw and gunslinger John Wesley Hardin was born in Bonham, Texas, on May 26, 1853 He had a reputation for a vicious temper, which would g…

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0 Jan 24, 2017

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 in Mountain Men and Early Pioneers

0 Jan 24, 2017

Buffalo hunters and Indians clash at Adobe Walls

Comanche, Kiowa, and Cheyenne Indians living in western Texas had long resented the advancement of white settlement in their territories. I…

Started by dirtrider in Western Saga

0 Jan 24, 2017

THE GHOST DANCE

THE GHOST DANCE The Ghost Dance was an attempt of a group of North American Indian tribes to further separate themselves from the white ma…

Started by dirtrider in American Indian

0 Jan 24, 2017

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, 2017
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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2 Jan 27, 2011
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