Fun Facts about Wild West:
– The famous O.K. Corral Shootout wasn’t much of a shootout.
– The California Gold Rush wasn’t the first in America.
– The settlers forced their way to the Pacific by driving the Native Americans from their lands.
– The culture that developed in this harsh and violent environment led to violence, a break-down in law and order.
– Driven by the desire for easy riches, close to 175, 000 people crossed over from the east to the west, prospecting for gold.
– ‘The Gold Rush’ remains one of the most extraordinary moments in western history.
– The famous Stetson hat, which many cowboys still wear today, would also double up as a drinking bowl for both the cowboy and his horse.
– Violence would frequently break out in saloons of the Wild West and arguments were often resolved in shoot-outs.
– The Sheriff had a tough time trying to maintain law and order.
– A revolver was not actually invented or produced until 1836.
– Cowboys commonly wore two of the guns, one strapped to the left thigh and one to the right in a tough leather pocket known as a holster.
– In 1883 William Cody, known as ‘Buffalo Bill’ presented the first Wild West Show, a mixture of a theatrical presentation and a circus.
– Battle of Little Bighorn and Custer’s Last Stand symbolize the end of the period of the blood-stained history of the invasion of ‘The Wild West’.
– Wild West was the area of the United States to the west of the Mississippi River.
– The oldest settlement in the United States is Acoma Pueblo.
Dodge City was a stopover for cattle herders who had been on the road for months.
– Wild Bill got his nickname because of his large nose.
– European settlers brought disease in America to which the Indians had no immunity, possibly up to 90% of the Native population was killed.
– There are still people employed as cowboys.
– The famous Oregon Trail measured a very long 2,020 miles.
– No one has any way of actually knowing how many Native American people inhabited North America before exploration on the continent began.
– There were 240 Native American tribes which spoke 300 different languages.
– Some of the most famous outlaws were: Billy the Kid, Belle Starr, Bill Doolin, Black Bart, Dalton Brothers, Jesse James…
– The Pony Express consisted of relays of men riding horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2000-mile trail from Missouri to Sacramento.