The “Wild West” period has a special place in the history of America. While this time period spanned from 1607-1912, the “Wild West” in particular broadly applies to the second half of the 19th century. While this time period led to a lot of innovation (such as the creation of the Pacific Railroad), it was also known for its fair share of negatives as well (such as the widespread violence towards Native Americans). Whatever your view on the Wild West is, these next 12 photos you are about to see will give you a little glimpse into how America was like during this incredible time period. Number 9 is a rarely-seen look at a group of shady wild west characters!
#12 George Armstrong Custer
In the 1800s, Custer was an officer in the U.S. Army and was also a cavalry commander. He was heavily involved in both the Civil War and the Indian War in America. However, all his accomplishments were erased when he was defeated by Native Americans in what was known as “Custer’s Last Stand.”
#11 Death Valley
This is a look at Death Valley, which is the lowest point in the western hemisphere. Death Valley is situated at 282 feet below sea level. Back in the Wild West, it was said that a popular new mineral (Borax) could be found there, which led many investors to the area to try and find some of the stuff and cash in.
Back in the days of the Wild West, life on the road was the standard for a ton of people. Folks would frequently move from one county to settle in another, known as emigration. This picture shows a couple enjoying a meal next to their wagon and horses. They are clearly on a journey.
#9 Rufus Buck Gang
The group of people you are looking at is none other than the Rufus Buck gang. This was an outlaw group made up of African America and Cree individuals. These people went on a rampage where they killed, raped and robbed. Their little spree caused a ton of damage and got them all hung.
#8 The First Texas Rangers
No, the Texas Rangers aren’t just a baseball team. Texas Rangers are also a law enforcement agency with statewide jurisdiction in Texas. This photo was the first group of Texas Rangers. These guys were paid in property to maintain peace and order, and had to even provide their own weapons.