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The Wild West or the American Frontier was one of the most iconic and culturally significant periods of American history. From the deserts to the mountains to the plains, the lawless nature of the region along with the archetypal cowboys, Indians and outlaws has spawned countless movies, videogames and books and despite its brevity is still celebrated today.

This brief period in history occurred after the end of the Civil War in 1865 until around 1895 when the fledgling United States rapidly developed across the entire continent. According to one John L. O'Sullivan the goal was to;

"overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions".

While there was some settlement out West prior to the Civil War with groups such as gold miners, the Mormons and others, American governmental jurisdiction did not really extend there and most of these places were not even states yet. These vast unexplored territories included Colorado, Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and California.

The lawless nature of the region provided a prime attraction for criminals fleeing the authorities in the United States to the East and as the crimes mounted the government was forced to respond by sending law enforcement to the region forming police organizations that exist to this day including the United States Marshalls. However, the American West was also home to many other law-abiding immigrant nationalities including Germans, Irish, Italians, Swedes, Norwegians, Finns, Chinese, Russians, and Slovakians who were seeking new opportunities in the vast untamed lands.

All of this made for prime movie and print material which started to be produced right after the period had ended in the early 20th century. The actor Bronco Billy Anderson is usually credited as the first cowboy icon. His 1903 silent black-and-white film The Great Train Robbery set the pattern for Western movies to come. Later icons would include people like John Wayne and more.

References:

United States Magazine and Democratic Review (July-August 1845)

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Available Books

Book Title Date
Wild West - Heroes of the Plains Heroes of the Plains 1881
Wild West - The Great Southwest The Great Southwest 1919
Wild West - Three Wonderlands of the American West Three Wonderlands of the American West 1912
Wild West - Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] 1882
Wild West - Map of the United States and Yerritories Map of the United States and Yerritories 1868
Wild West - Interesting Narrative: Being a Journal of the Flight of Alfred E. Mathews Interesting Narrative: Being a Journal of the Flight of Alfred E. Mathews 1861
Wild West - The Loyal West in the Times of the Rebellion The Loyal West in the Times of the Rebellion 1865
Wild West - The Wonders of Geyserland The Wonders of Geyserland 1913
Wild West - Report of the Exploring Expedition from Santa Fe Report of the Exploring Expedition from Santa Fe 1876
Wild West - Journey from the Mississippi Vol. 2 Journey from the Mississippi Vol. 2 1858
Wild West - Yellowstone National Park : in Water Colors Yellowstone National Park : in Water Colors 1880
Wild West - Illustrated Notes of an Expedition through Mexico and California Illustrated Notes of an Expedition through Mexico and California 1852
Wild West - Catlin's Indian Portfolio Catlin's Indian Portfolio 1844
Wild West - Report Upon the Colorado River of the West Report Upon the Colorado River of the West 1861
Wild West - Seven Years' Residence in the Great Deserts of North America Vol. 1 Seven Years' Residence in the Great Deserts of North America Vol. 1 1860
Wild West - Seven Years' Residence in the Great Deserts of North America Vol. 2 Seven Years' Residence in the Great Deserts of North America Vol. 2 1860
Wild West - Gems of Rocky Mountain Scenery Gems of Rocky Mountain Scenery 1869
Wild West - Yosemite Illustrated in Colors Yosemite Illustrated in Colors 1890
Wild West - The Black Hills The Black Hills 1876
Wild West - A Canyon Voyage A Canyon Voyage 1908
Wild West - Utah, the Land of Blossoming Valleys Utah, the Land of Blossoming Valleys 1922
Wild West - California: Its Past History; Its Present Position; Its Future Prospects California: Its Past History; Its Present Position; Its Future Prospects 1850
Wild West - Exploration and Survey of the Valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah Exploration and Survey of the Valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah 1852
Wild West - Voyage Pittoresque dans les Grands Deserts du Nouveau Monde Voyage Pittoresque dans les Grands Deserts du Nouveau Monde 1862
Wild West - Eldorado; or, Adventures in the Path of Empire Eldorado; or, Adventures in the Path of Empire 1850
Wild West - Notes of a Military Reconnaissance Notes of a Military Reconnaissance 1848
Wild West - Drawings by Frederic Remington Drawings by Frederic Remington 1897
Wild West - Geronimo's Story of His Life Geronimo's Story of His Life 1906
Wild West - Prince Izon; a Romance of the Grand Canyon Prince Izon; a Romance of the Grand Canyon 1910
Wild West - North American Indians Vol. 1 North American Indians Vol. 1 1926
Wild West - Sketches in North America and the Oregon Territory Sketches in North America and the Oregon Territory 1848
Wild West - Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Text] Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Text] 1882
Wild West - The Border Outlaws The Border Outlaws 1881
Wild West - Tagebuch einer Reise vom Mississippi Tagebuch einer Reise vom Mississippi 1858
Wild West - Mountains and Molehills Mountains and Molehills 1855
Wild West - The Marvellous Country : or, Three Years in Arizona and New Mexico The Marvellous Country : or, Three Years in Arizona and New Mexico 1873
Wild West - Pencil Sketches of Colorado Pencil Sketches of Colorado 1866
Wild West - The Border Bandits The Border Bandits 1881
Wild West - Journey from the Mississippi Vol. 1 Journey from the Mississippi Vol. 1 1858
Wild West - Pencil Sketches of Montana Pencil Sketches of Montana 1868
Wild West - Reisen in die Felsengebirge Nord-Amerikas Reisen in die Felsengebirge Nord-Amerikas 1861
Wild West - The Romance of the Colorado River The Romance of the Colorado River 1902
Wild West - North American Indians Vol. 2 North American Indians Vol. 2 1926
Wild West - The Great West The Great West 1859

Related Images

Image Name
Pencil Sketches of Colorado - The Ore Pit, or Drying Room (1866)
Three Wonderlands of the American West - Rock Towers of the Rio Virgin, Grand Canyon (1912)
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Fig. 18 (1926)
Voyage Pittoresque dans les Grands Deserts du Nouveau Monde - Sheet Music (I) (1862)
The Wonders of Geyserland - Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone Park (1913)
Catlin's Indian Portfolio - Wounded Buffalo Bull (1844)
The Great Southwest - Decorating Pottery, Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico (1919)
The Great Southwest - Mystic Maze of the Mojave Indians near Needles, California (1919)
Voyage Pittoresque dans les Grands Deserts du Nouveau Monde - Vallee du Williams (1862)
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Fig. 92 (1926)
The Black Hills - Crook's Monument - Highest Point of Black Hills (1876)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 253 (1926)
Gems of Rocky Mountain Scenery - (1869)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 303 (1926)
Pencil Sketches of Montana - (1868)
Voyage Pittoresque dans les Grands Deserts du Nouveau Monde - Book Display IV (1862)
Mountains and Molehills - High and Dry (1855)
Report of the Exploring Expedition from Santa Fe - The Pagosa and San Juan River, Looking Easterly (1876)
Journey from the Mississippi Vol. 1 - <i>Cereus giganteus</i> (1858)
Voyage Pittoresque dans les Grands Deserts du Nouveau Monde - Monts Witchita (1862)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 276 (1926)
Pencil Sketches of Colorado - Amalgamating Room (1866)
Gems of Rocky Mountain Scenery - (1869)
Pencil Sketches of Montana - (1868)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 252 (1926)
Catlin's Indian Portfolio - Archery of the Mandans (1844)
The Great Southwest - El Ortiz, Lamy, New Mexico (1919)
Voyage Pittoresque dans les Grands Deserts du Nouveau Monde - Osage (1862)
Drawings by Frederic Remington - Protecting a Wagon Train (1897)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 164 (1926)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 284 (1926)
Illustrated Notes of an Expedition through Mexico and California - Canon Jesus Maria (1852)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 131 (1926)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 165 (1926)
Report of the Exploring Expedition from Santa Fe - Carboniferous and Cretaceous Fossils (VI) (1876)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 163 (1926)
The Wonders of Geyserland - Castle Well and Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Park (1913)
Illustrated Notes of an Expedition through Mexico and California - Back Cover (1852)
California: Its Past History; Its Present Position; Its Future Prospects - Scene on a Branch of the Sacramento (1850)
Gems of Rocky Mountain Scenery - Front Cover (1869)
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Fig. 53 (1926)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 153 (1926)
Drawings by Frederic Remington - Forsythe's Fight on the Republican River - 1868 - The Charge of Roman Nose (1897)
Prince Izon; a Romance of the Grand Canyon - Black Eagle on Guard (1910)
Utah, the Land of Blossoming Valleys - The Augusta or Shipapu Colossal Natural Bridge (1922)
Voyage Pittoresque dans les Grands Deserts du Nouveau Monde - Chutes du Columbia (1862)
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Fig. 84 (1926)
Gems of Rocky Mountain Scenery - Back Cover (1869)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 264 (1926)
Journey from the Mississippi Vol. 1 - Indian's Drawings I (1858)
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Fig. 111 (1926)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Panorama from Point Sublime. [Part II. Looking South.] (1882)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 121 (1926)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 135 (1926)
Report of the Exploring Expedition from Santa Fe - Cretaceous Fossils I (1876)
Report of the Exploring Expedition from Santa Fe - Carboniferous and Cretaceous Fossils (IV) (1876)
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Fig. 112 (1926)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 158 (1926)
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Fig. 93 (1926)
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Fig. 34 (1926)
Sketches in North America and the Oregon Territory - The Rocky Mountains (1848)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 299 (1926)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 116 (1926)
Pencil Sketches of Montana - (1868)
Sketches in North America and the Oregon Territory - Les Dalles, Columbia River (1848)
Drawings by Frederic Remington - The Sheep Herder's Breakfast (1897)
Voyage Pittoresque dans les Grands Deserts du Nouveau Monde - Sheet Music (II) (1862)
Voyage Pittoresque dans les Grands Deserts du Nouveau Monde - Femme Indienne (1862)
Three Wonderlands of the American West - A Passing Shower, Canyon of the Yellowstone (1912)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 191 (1926)
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Fig. 51 (1926)
Catlin's Indian Portfolio - Ball Play Dance (1844)
Voyage Pittoresque dans les Grands Deserts du Nouveau Monde - Ustensiles de Peche (1862)
The Black Hills - Indian Graves, Belle Fourche (1876)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Display (1882)
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Fig. 4 (1926)
Catlin's Indian Portfolio - Display (1844)
Pencil Sketches of Colorado - Snowy Range of the Rocky Mountains; From Bald Mountain, Near Nevada (1866)
Pencil Sketches of Montana - (1868)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 148 (1926)
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Fig. 110 (1926)
Pencil Sketches of Montana - (1868)
Pencil Sketches of Colorado - Pike's Peak and Colorado City (1866)
Heroes of the Plains - Wild Bill's Fight with the McCandless Gang (1881)
Pencil Sketches of Colorado - The Stamp Process, Mr. Sensenderfer's Mill (1866)
Pencil Sketches of Montana - (1868)
Drawings by Frederic Remington - Hostiles Watching the Column (1897)
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Title Page (1926)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 259 (1926)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Panorama from Point Sublime. [Part I. Looking East.] (1882)
Drawings by Frederic Remington - A Citadel of the Plains (1897)
Voyage Pittoresque dans les Grands Deserts du Nouveau Monde - Le Grand Lac Sale (1862)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 177 (1926)
Voyage Pittoresque dans les Grands Deserts du Nouveau Monde - Femme Chinouk (1862)
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Frontispiece - The Author Painting a Chief in an Indian Village (1926)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 166 (1926)
The Great Southwest - Cajon Pass at the Summit of the Coast Range, California (1919)
Heroes of the Plains - Wild Bill's Duel with Conquering Bear (1881)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - Fig. 265 (1926)
Heroes of the Plains - Wild Bill's Fight with Fifteen Soldiers (1881)

Related Maps

Map Name
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Outline Map of the Indian Localities in 1833 (1926)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - United States Indian Frontier in 1840 (1926)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - A Chart Shewing the Moves of the Mandan and the Place of Their Extinction (1926)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geological Map of the Western Part of Plateau Province (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Sketch Map ... showing the Faults of the Grand Canon District. (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Map of the Uinkaret Plateau [North Half] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Map of the Uinkaret Plateau [South Half] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Map of the Uinkaret Plateau [Composite] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau. [Part I. North-Western Sheet] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau. [Part II. North-Eastern Sheet] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau. [Part III. South-Western Sheet] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau. [Part IV. South-Eastern Sheet] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Southern Part of the Kaibab Plateau [Composite] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map Showing the South-Western Portion of the Mesozoic Terraces (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Mesozoic Terraces of the Grand Canon District (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map Showing the Kanab, Paria and Marble Canon Platforms (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic Map of the Colorado Plateau and San Francisco Mountains (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic map sheets XX-XXIII [Composite] (1882)
Report of the Exploring Expedition from Santa Fe - Map of Exploration and Surveys in New Mexico and Utah (1876)
Map of the United States and Yerritories - Map of the United States and Territories (1868)
California: Its Past History; Its Present Position; Its Future Prospects - Map of Western North America (1850)

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