American Settlers

During the early 19th century, citizens of the United States felt the desire to explore westward, the natives were caught in the middle.

Early Explorers

For years, Jefferson had heard of and read accounts of the various ventures of other explorers in parts of the western frontier.

Mountain Men

A mountain man is a male trapper and explorer who lives in the wilderness.

Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail is a 2,200-mile (3,500 km) historic east-west large wheeled wagon route and emigrant trail that connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon.

California Trail

The California Trail was a 2,000 mile emigrant route across the western half of the United States.

Manifest Destiny

In the 19th century, Manifest Destiny was the widely held belief in the United States that American settlers were destined to expand throughout the continent.

Gold Rush

The California Gold Rush (1848ā€“1855) began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California.

Wild Bill Hickok

American gambler, gunfighter, lawman, patriot, and folk hero.

Dodge City

The Wildest Town in the Wild West.

Western Dime Novels

A Dime Western is a modern term for Western-themed dime novels, which spanned the era of the 1860sā€”1900s.

Buffalo Bill

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody (February 26, 1846 ā€“ January 10, 1917) was an American soldier, bison hunter and showman.

The Western

Westerns are devoted to telling stories set primarily in the later half of the 19th century in the American Old West.