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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)

Available Books

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

Images

Image Name
Attacking the Grizzly Bear
Punch Bowl Spring, Yellowstone Park
Fig. 97
Fig. 72
The Coming Storm
Fig. 214
Bare Peak from Mouth of Bare Peak Creek
Fig. 69
Wild Bill's Fight with the McCandless Gang
Snowy Range of the Rocky Mountains; From Bald Mountain, Near Nevada
Headwaters of the Missouri
Book Display I
Fig. 164
Landing to Encamp - Bear River Bay - Great Salt Lake
Mound Hood from Les Dalles
The Hungry Winter
A Captain of Infantry in Field Rig
Title Page
Fig. 172
On the Parapet - Topeltzin's Magic
Fig. 235
Fig. 187
<i>Sequoia gigantea (Wellingtonia gigantea)</i>
Church in the Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New Mexico
Sheet Music (III)
Echo Canyon
Geologic Map Of The Southern Part Of The Kaibab Plateau. [Part I. North-Western Sheet.]
Fig. 239
Wild Bill and the Cinnamon Bear
Over the Foot-Hills
Fig. 33
Paleontology: Acephala: Avicula? custa. Tellenomya protensa - Cypricardia occidentalis. Allorisma terminalis, (n. sp.) - Nucula arata, (n. sp.). GASTEROPODA: Pleurotomaria coronula, (n. sp.) Euomphalus subplanug, Plate IV
Title Page
Station, and Mass of Mica Schist - Fremont's Island - Great Salt Lake
Interior Hopi House, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Fig. 211
Joseph Smith, Jr., the Founder of Mormonism
Ancienne Poterie
The Old Church, Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico
Fig. 114
Hot Springs - three miles from the City
Riding the Range - Winter
Display - Open
Buffalo Hunt Chasing Back
Display
Mexican Vaqueros Breaking a Broke
Fig. 306
Fig. 88
The Fight on the Teocolli
Fig. 276
Peak on East Side of Stansbury's Island
Reptiles: Holbrookia Maculata - Phrynosoma Modesta, Plate VI
Fig. 160
No. 5, 6, 7, 12
Fig. 65
Grand Canyon, Arizona, Looking Across From Yayapai Point
Castle Well and Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Park
Fig. 147
Salt Beds, Great Salt Lake
Fig. 40
El Capitan, Yosemite Valley
Fort Benton
Fig. 265
The Pagosa and San Juan River, Looking Easterly
Fig. 104
Jesus Maria
Fig. 123
Ambushing the Indians
Title Page
"Vermont" and "Wawona," Mariposa Grove, California
Title Page
Fig. 151
Chieds of the Ottoe Tribe
University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Fig. 201
Fig. 257
Display - Open
Cupel Furnace
Fig. 60
Gray's Peak
The Cavalry Cook with Water
Bald Mountain
The Ore Breaking Room.-Blake's Ore Breaker
Bowery, Mint, and President's House - Great Salt Lake City
Cow Pony Pathos
Giant Geyser, Yellowstone Park
State Agricultural College, Logan
Dodge's Pass and Troopers Mount
Medicin
Chef Dacota
Tours Basaltiques
Fig. 289
Vernal Falls, Yosemite Valley
Fig. 236
Panorama from Point Sublime. [Part I. Looking East.]

Maps

Map Name
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] - Map of the Uinkaret Plateau [South Half] (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 Showing the South-Western Portion of the Mesozoic Terraces (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)
North American Indians Vol. 2 - United States Indian Frontier in 1840 (1926)
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] - 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 Mesozoic Terraces of the Grand Canon District (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 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 Kanab, Paria and Marble Canon Platforms (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Map of the Uinkaret Plateau [North Half] (1882)
Tertiary History of the Grand Canon [Atlas] - Geologic map sheets XX-XXIII [Composite] (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 Colorado Plateau and San Francisco Mountains (1882)
North American Indians Vol. 1 - Outline Map of the Indian Localities in 1833 (1926)
California: Its Past History; Its Present Position; Its Future Prospects - Map of Western North America (1850)

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