Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Thanks to westerns, the Wild West seems full of romance and is associated with cowboys, loyal mustangs and excellent Colts.

Wild West is the name of an area in the 1860-1890 years, located on the territory of the modern American states of Montana, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and others, which gradually expanded and moved west to the Pacific Ocean.

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

In the 1860s and 1870s, photographer Timothy O'Sullivan created one of the most famous collections of photographs in American history. Photos by Timothy O'Sullivan | Library of Congress. 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

The Wild West was inhabited by Indians, who were driven from their lands, giving them barren territories in return. The State of Utah, 1872: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Two "hills" near the city of Green River, Wyoming, 1972: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Along with the white settlers, new diseases also came to the West. Therefore, the Indians resisted the resettlement of whites to the West as much as they could, and armed clashes between Indians and immigrants continued throughout the XIX century. The State of Nevada, 1867: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Tuff rocks in a lake in Nevada, 1867: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Canyon de Sheyi National Monument in northeast Arizona, 1873: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Old Church, New Mexico, 1873-year: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

During the expedition, the team of photographer O'Sullivan (fourth from left) included soldiers, scientists, and artists. The picture also shows three local residents and the Colorado River. one thousand eight hundred seventy one: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Mountain Valley in Colorado, 1872: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Shoshone Falls, Idaho, 1874. This beautiful waterfall is called "Niagara of the West". The height of Shoshoni is about 65 meters — 11 meters higher than Niagara Falls. The width of the waterfall is 274 meters: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

The Colorado River in Iceberg Canyon, 1871: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

The cart of the author of these photos, Timothy O'Sullivan, drawn by four mules in the Nevada desert, 1867: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Wooden trolley road leading to a gold mine, Illinois, 1871: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Canyon de Cheyi, 1873: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Indians, New Mexico, 1873: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Canyons in Utah, 1872: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Canyon in Colorado, 1872: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

The boat of the expedition of photographer Timothy O'Sullivan in western Nevada, in 1867: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Wooden houses in a town in Utah, 1873: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Rock formations, Wyoming, 1872: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Oak Grove, White Mountains, Arizona, 1873: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Another photo of the Shoshone Falls, Idaho, 1868: 

Nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

El Morro National Monument, New Mexico, 1873. Pay attention to the small figure of a man at the bottom. This is the end of my acquaintance with the nature of the Wild West. 

Keywords: Nature | History | Cowboys | Wild west | Mustang

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