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Ghost Cowboy is about real tales from the 19th-century American frontier, when the Old West was young. Most of the posts here are actual news items from the 1800s and early 1900s. We'll be adding "new" content every week. Travel with us and sign up for an account, and you'll be able to leave comments and post in our forums. Your trailmasters, Ken in Alabama and Dave in Virginia, don't get to saddle up and vacation out west as often as they'd like, so they started this site. Drop us a note.

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Si Wa Wata Wa, 1903


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Si Wa Wata Wa, 1903: Si Wa Wata Wa, a Zuni elder, photographed by Edward S. Curtis in 1903.Si Wa Wata Wa, a Zuni elder, photographed by Edward S. Curtis in 1903.

MONTANA'S INDIAN PUZZLE


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New York Times / April 4, 1880

THE OBSTACLES TO THE ONWARD MARCH OF CIVILIZATION.

AN ADVENTURE WITH A DESPERADO BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION -- SITTING BULL AND HIS CANADIAN PROTECTORS -- THE COVETED LAND OF THE CROWS -- A DELICATE QUESTION ASSERTING ITSELF -- ONSLAUGHTS ON THE BUFFALO HERDS.

MILES CITY, Montana, Feb. 14. -- An incident which occurred in this neighborhood recently afforded startling evidence of the desperate measures to which lawless men are yet able to occasionally resort in the great new North-west,

Paiute Girls, c. 1866


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Digger Indian Squaws, c. 1866: Digger Indian Squaws is the original caption for this image of Paiute Indian youths in California, published in 1866 by Lawrence & Houseworth as half of a stereo slide.Digger Squaws is the original caption for this image of Paiute Indian youths in California, published in 1866 by Lawrence & Houseworth as half of a stereoview.

PECULIARLY DEXTEROUS WITH THE KNIFE.


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A RELIC OF OLDEN TIMES

A TYPE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION -- A MAN WHO IS NEVER CROWDED AND WHOSE WISH IS A DEMAND.

Newspaper Account / May 29, 1886

ST. LOUIS, May 29. -- To an Eastern man this city is full of surprises. If he hail from New-York they are accepted in a nothing-new-under-the-sun manner. If, on the other hand, he claims Boston as his starting point in life, he is less successful in concealing his astonishment. But in either case the surprises are none the less genuine. Before a New-Yorker becomes domiciled he finds as he walks the streets that he attracts some attention. He is in doubt for a while whether to attribute it to his beauty or style, but discovers, in time, that it is simply his walk.

 

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