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The Old West

Buffalo Bill: The Old West's Greatest Showman

February 26, 2020

The greatest showman of the wild, wild west, William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody, was born 174 years ago today in Scott County, Iowa. You might think you know everythin...

Billy The Kid Stories You've Never Heard Before

November 23, 2019

Youthful Old West outlaw Billy the Kid would be celebrating his 160th birthday today, November 23, if he had not been killed at the tender age of 21 (and, you know, if ...

What We Should Know About the Shoot-Out at the O.K. Cor...

September 13, 2018

When you ask someone to think about the Old West and some of the key events that occurred during the days of cowboys, outlaws, and small-town sheriffs, one ev...

‘Little Sure Shot’, Annie Oakley

August 30, 2018

When it comes to Old West heroines, one name often pops to mind – Annie Oakley. The eagle-eyed sharpshooting woman was so accomplished with her gun that she was invited to join Bu...

How Barbed Wire Changed the American West

July 17, 2018

Barbed wire on May 23, 2018 (Photo by Wassilios Aswestopoulos/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Nothing did more to change the way cattle ranching was done on America’s western fronti...