Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Wild West Photos That Depict What Life Was Really Like.

Drinking In The Old West

Drinking In The Old West

Public Domain

This photo shoes Kramer's Saloon in Monroe Country, Michigan. Ironically, most saloons were designed to look the same in those days. But the alcohol was priced 30 to 50 percent higher than retail. Also, ladies were charged the same as men, but were actually given shots made of cold tea and tinted sugar. Now, what would happen if someone forced you out of your home and made you walk several miles into the desert?

The Native Exodus

The Native Exodus

Timothy O'Sullivan/Public Domain

In 1864, the Navajo were forced from their tribal lands in Arizona and forced to relocate to Eastern New Mexico by the U.S. government. This journey became known as the Long Walk, and took two years to complete. But the trip was horrible and resulted in disease, hunger, and violence. This reduced the Navajo's population from 25,000 to 2,000. Want to see how photography has evolved since the Old West?

The Mobile Dark Room

The Mobile Dark Room

Timothy O'Sullivan/Public Domain

Prolific photographer Timothy O'Sullivan is known for taking 44 images of the Battle of Gettysburg, which included the first Civil War photos ever snapped. Employed as an expedition photographer in order to attract settlers, he used mules and a wagon, seen here, to travel with a mobile darkroom across places like the Carson Sink in Nevada. Now, you might be familiar with this group from various pop culture references.

The Origins Of The Texas Rangers

The Origins Of The Texas Rangers

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In 1823, the Texas Rangers were founded to protect families who had just arrived in Texas. Their reputation for being brave, fearless, and duty bound preceded them. In the Old West, they were known for capturing and killing famous Wild West outlaws like Sam Bass and John Wesley Hardin. But can you imagine living in the Old West and getting lost in one of the hottest places on the planet?

The Valley Of Death

The Valley Of Death

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Death Valley is located in eastern California and its name is well deserved. Travelers crossed through here during the California Gold Rush. But the journey wasn't easy. In fact, the "Lost 49ers" were pioneers who became famous because they got lost and nearly starved to death in 1849. They arrived at Death Valley a day before Christmas and were rescued just in time by Mexican cowboys near the area we know today as the Santa Clarita Valley.

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