This semester, the Introduction to the American West class at Montana State University explored some of the myths surrounding the American West. Students investigated the stories surrounding Jesse James, Butch Cassidy, and Billy the Kid, the lives of prostitutes and female homesteaders, and vigilante justice. The essays that they wrote were patterned after the TV show Mythbusters. Each student was to take a myth and then investigate it to determine whether it had any basis in reality. The blog posts are the result of their extensive research.
In addition to these resources, you will also find bibliographies on this site as well as links to useful archives. These materials are meant to help readers begin their own research.