General Custer is famous for his “heroic” actions at the Battle of Little Bighorn. On June 25, 1876, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and 12 companies of the 7th Cavalry attacked a massive Lakota village on the Little Bighorn River in Southeastern Montana. Custer lost not only the battle but also his life, and in… Continue reading General Custer: Hero or Zero?
In the early Americas and development of the West, there were many standards that middle class women had to meet; unless you were Calamity Jane. Many still dream and tell stories of the wild woman of the West whom fought in battles, shot from horseback, and saved people from various Indian war parties while also… Continue reading Calamity Jane: “Woman of the West”
Often in the west the life of an outlaw is seen in a darker light. A life full of violence, running, hiding, sleeping under the stars and living the life of an outcast. According to the stories of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, told by the popular 1969 movie, many of these myths were… Continue reading Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Although the story of Hugh Glass is rooted primarily around him, many other major men became prolific parts of this epic tale. One of these men has become very close to the Gallatin Valley. This mountain man was Jim Bridger, the rough man of western lore who among many accomplishments is revered as one of… Continue reading Jim Bridger And the Grizzly
When people think about the 19th century American West they see a violent, lawless place filled with shoot outs, guns, and robberies. The myth I will be investigating is if the West really was a violent and uncontrolled place as depicted in pop culture. In my analysis, I would like to exclude large massacres and… Continue reading How Violent was the West?
Murder can be mysterious or sometimes it can be straight to the point. John Bozeman’s death was the former. His death was mysterious because of all of the rumors of how he died. There are three rumors that I found that were the most probable. One rumor was that his partner Tom Cover was jealous… Continue reading The Mysterious Death
The American West is and was an evolving, mythologized, serpentine entity. Its ambiguous definition ranging from a geographical expanse of dust to a dramatized ethos, only serves to heighten America’s fascination with the frontier. The romantic quality we value in the history of the American West has shaped our culture well into the contemporary from… Continue reading Art of the American Westerican
When the name Jesse James comes into mind, we think of a bank robbing murderer from the wild American West. Although this common conception holds many different stories, I will be analyzing who Jesse James was to people of the time period. James was undoubtedly an outlaw, but was he a man of brutality, recklessness,… Continue reading Jesse James: Outlaw or Hero?
The time period of the American West being settled was revolutionary and well documented, as it was only about two hundred and fifty years ago. During this time, many myths were created which continue to be portrayed today in forms of present texts. Despite the idea that settlers who moved west faced violent encounters with… Continue reading The Tales of Natives and Settlers
The wild mustang is an icon of the American West. It is difficult to picture the landscape of the West without herds of mustangs galloping across grassy plains. Currently, the Bureau of Land Management allows mustangs to roam 34 million acres of public land . The untamed freedom of the mustang captures the spirit of… Continue reading Western Mustangs: Wild Americans or Feral Spaniards?