Thursday, March 24, 2011

How the 19th Century Wild West Was Really Won

Modern travel: The photograph taken by John C.H Grabill in the 1880s was titled 'The Deadwood Coach' and shows formally dressed passengers both on top and inside

Striking it rich: Washing and panning for gold in Rockerville, Dakota. Three old timers named Spriggs, Lamb and Dillon are pictured in 1889

Ready to roll: A line of oxen and wagons along the main street in Sturgis in the Dakota Territory which was taken between 1887 and 1892

Horse hero: Comanche, the only survivor of the Custer massacre of 1876. It was a regimental order that the 7th Cavalry cared for the animal 'as long as he shall live'

Indian camp: Home of the Lakota (Sioux) tribe pictured in 1891 near the Pine Ridge reservation with a watering hole called White Clay Creek

New town: John Grabill charted how towns such as Hot Springs, South Dakota, sprung up across the Midwest as the railways grew

Wagon train: Oxen lead out the wagons in a photograph titled 'Freighting in the Black Hills' taken between Sturgis and Deadwood

Braves: A portrait of a band of Big Foots (Miniconjou) in an open field, at a Grass Dance on the Cheyenne River, watched by soldiers from the 8th U.S. Cavalry and 3rd Infantry

Peace council: The Indian chiefs who ended their war with the U.S. Army. Their names included Standing Bull, High Hawk, White Tail, Little Thunder and Lame

Rebel Indian called Little who started the Indian Revolt at Pine Ridge, 1890

Rebel: A native American named Little, leader of the Oglala band, started the 1890 Indian Revolt at Pine Ridge.

Red Cloud in full headdress and American Horse in Western clothing

Oglala women and children seated inside an uncovered tipi frame

Progress: The people of Deadwood celebrate the completion of a stretch of railroad in 1888 with a parade along the town's Main Street

Army exercise: Soldiers from Company C of the 3rd U.S. Infantry carry their rifles as they spread out near Fort Meade

Happy band: Mining engineers with their wives and a couple of tame deer get together for an impromptu campside musical concert

Living side-by-side: A school for Indians at Pine Ridge, South Dakota. There is a small Oglala tipi camp in front the large government school buildings

As the railroads went further west, so the settlers followed. Grabill's image Horse Shoe Curve in the shadow of the Buckhorn Mountains

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