The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

Thanks to the westerns, the Wild West seems to be full of romance and associated with cowboys, Mustangs faithful, and smart colts.

Wild West is the name of the area in the years 1860-1890, located in present-day American States of Montana, new Mexico, Colorado, Texas and others, which gradually expanded and moved westward to the Pacific ocean.

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

1. In 1860-1870-ies of the photographer Timothy O'sullivan has created one of the most famous collections of images in American history. Photos of Timothy O'sullivan | Library of Congress.

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

2. Wild West was inhabited by Indians who were driven from their land, giving them in return barren territory. Utah, in 1872:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

3. Two "hill" near the town of green river, Wyoming, 1972:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

4. Together with the white settlers of the West came a new and disease. So the Indians had to resist the relocation of whites to the West and armed clashes between Indians and settlers continued throughout the XIX century. Nevada, 1867:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

5. The rocks of tufa in the lake in Nevada, 1867:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

6. National monument Canyon De Sheyi in northeastern Arizona, 1873:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

7. Old Church, new Mexico, 1873-year:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

8. During the expedition the team photographer O'sullivan (fourth from left) were soldiers, scientists, artists. The picture also shows three of the local residents and the Colorado river. 1871:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

9. Mountain valley in Colorado, 1872:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

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

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

11. The Colorado river in iceberg canyon, 1871:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

12. The wagon of the author of these photos Timothy O Sullivan, drawn by four mules in the desert of Nevada, 1867:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

13. Wooden road for trucks, leading to the mining of gold, Illinois, 1871:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

14. Canyon De Sheyi, 1873:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

15. Indians, new Mexico, 1873:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

16. The canyons in Utah, 1872:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

17. Canyon, Colorado, in 1872:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

18. Boat expedition photographer Timothy O'sullivan in Western Nevada, in 1867:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

19. Wooden houses in the town in Utah, 1873:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

20. Rock formation, Wyoming, in 1872:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

21. Oak grove, White mountains, Arizona, 1873:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

22. Another picture of Shoshone falls, Idaho, 1868:

The nature of the Wild West 150 years ago

23. National monument El Morro, new Mexico, 1873. Note the small figure of the man below. This familiarity with nature of the Wild West came to an end.

Keywords: Wild West | Cowboys | Mustang

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