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697. Wild West

  1. Apache North American Indians of Southwest who fought against frontiersmen. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 123]
  2. Arapaho North American Plains Indians living along the Platte and Arkansas rivers. [Am. Hist.: EB, I: 477478]
  3. Bass, Sam (18511878) desperado whose career inspired ballads. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 244]
  4. Bean, Judge Roy (c. 18251903) legendary frontier judge who ruled by one law book and a six-shooter. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 252]
  5. Big Valley, The portraying cattle-owning aristocrats of the Wild West. [TV: Terrace, I, 99100]
  6. Billy the Kid (William H. Bonney, 18591881) Brooklyn-born gunman of the Wild West. [Am. Hist.: Worth, 27]
  7. Bonanza saga of the Cartwright family. [TV: Terrace, I, 111112]
  8. Boom Town originally, a western town that prospered suddenly, usually because of gold mines nearby. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
  9. boot hill typical graveyard of gunfighters and their victims. [Am. Folklore: Misc.]
  10. Bowie knife throwing weapon invented by James or Rezin Bowie, frontiersmen in Texas. [Am. Folklore: EB, II: 207]
  11. Broken Arrow a series depicting Indianwhite man exploits. [TV: Terrace, I, 122]
  12. Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary Burke, c. 18521903) extraordinary markswoman and pony express rider. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 418]
  13. California Trail route used by pioneers, extending from Wyoming to Sacramento. [Am. Hist.: WB, 21: 440f]
  14. Carson, Kit (Christopher) (18091868) frontiersman, guide, and Indian fighter in the West and Southwest. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 466]
  15. Cheyenne North American Indians who made up part of the Wild West scene. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 562]
  16. Cheyenne cowboy of the strong, silent type. [TV: Terrace, I, 153154]
  17. Chisholm Trail route used by traders and drovers bringing cattle from Texas to Kansas. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 543]
  18. circuit rider frontier Methodist preacher who served appointments (services) in cabins, schoolhouses, and even taverns. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 561]
  19. Cochise (c. 18151874) Apache Indian chief who led the fight against white men in the Southwest. [Am. Hist: NCE, 589]
  20. Cody, Buffalo Bill (18461917) ex-Army scout who joined and led a famous Wild West show. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 390]
  21. Colt .45 six-shot revolver invented by Samuel Colt and used throughout the West. [Am. Hist.: WB, 4: 684685]
  22. Comanche North American Indian tribe; often figured in Wild West stories. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 607]
  23. Comstock Lode richest silver deposit in U.S.; famous during frontier days. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 418]
  24. Conestoga wagon horse-drawn freight wagon; originated in the Conestoga Creek region in Pennsylvania. [Am. Hist.: EB, III: 72]
  25. Crazy Horse (18421877) Indian chief who led Sioux against the white men in the northern plains. [Am. Hist.: EB, III: 225226]
  26. Custers Last Stand U.S. troops led by Col. Custer are massacred by the Indians at Little Big Horn, Montana (1877). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 701]
  27. Deadwood Gulch Wild West city in South Dakota where graves of Hickok and Annie Oakley are located. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 729]
  28. Death Valley Days vignettes depicting frontier life. [TV: Terrace, I, 195]
  29. Dillon, Matt frontier marshal of Dodge City. [TV: Gun-smoke in Terrace, I, 331]
  30. Dodge City onetime rowdy cowboy town under supervision of Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 776]
  31. Earp, Wyatt (18481929) U.S. cowboy, lawman, and gunfighter. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 819]
  32. Geronimo (18291909) renegade Indian of the Wild West. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1076]
  33. ghost town town left vacant after gold strike; common during frontier days. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1080]
  34. Gunsmoke Wild West television epic with Dodge City setting. [TV: Terrace, I, 331332]
  35. Hickok, Wild Bill (18371876) famous marshal of the West. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 371]
  36. High Noon western film in which time is of the essence. [Am. Cinema: Griffith, 396397]
  37. Holliday, Doc (fl. late 19th century) outlaw who helped Wyatt Earp fight the Clanton gang at O.K. Corral. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
  38. Home on the Range popular song about the West where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play. [Am. Culture: Misc.]
  39. Indian Territory area set aside for the Indians by the U.S. government. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1331]
  40. James, Jesse (18471882) American outlaw of the Wild West. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1395]
  41. Lone Ranger, The masked hero of the Wild West. [TV: Terrace, II, 3435; Radio: Buxton, 143144]
  42. O.K. Corral scene of famous gunfight between Wyatt Earp and the Clanton gang (1881). [Am. Hist.: WB, 6: 9]
  43. Oakley, Annie (18601926) sharpshooter; major attraction of Buffalo Bills show. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1982]
  44. Oh, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie popular song about life in the West. [Am. Culture: Misc.]
  45. Oregon Trail wagon-train route used by pioneers, extending from Missouri to the Oregon Territory. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2016]
  46. Paladin archetypal gunman who leaves a calling card. [TV: Have Gun, Will Travel in Terrace, I, 341]
  47. Pecos Bill giant folk hero famed for cowboy exploits. [Am. Lit.: Hart, 643]
  48. Pony Express relay mail service during frontier days. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2190]
  49. prairie schooner horse-drawn wagon used by pioneers; its white canvas top resembled a schooner sailing on the prairie. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2209]
  50. Rawhide series depicting cowboys as cattle-punchers along the Santa Fe trail. [TV: Terrace, II, 235]
  51. Ringo, Johnny (fl. late 19th century) notorious outlaw who fought many gun battles in the Southwest. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
  52. Santa Fe Trail wagon-train route extending from Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2421]
  53. Shane a classic, serious western film about a pioneer family protected by a mysterious stranger. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 651]
  54. Sioux confederation of North American Indian tribes; last battle fought at Wounded Knee. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2527]
  55. Sitting Bull (18311890) Indian chief who united the Sioux tribes against the white men. [Am. Hist.: EB, IX: 243244]
  56. Slade the Terrible stagecoach agent and desperado known for shooting his enemies dead at the drop of a hat. [Am. Lit.: Mark Twain Roughing It in Magill I, 858]
  57. Texas Rangers established in 1835, a mounted fighting force to maintain law and order in the West. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2723]
  58. Tombstone Arizona town known for its outlaws, prospectors, and gun battles (1800s). [Am. Hist.: EB, X: 36]
  59. Wells Fargo company that handled express service to western states; often robbed. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2953]
  60. Winchester 73 repeating rifle manufactured by Oliver Winches-ter and widely used by the settlers of the West. [Am. Hist.: EB, X: 699]

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Wild West

Wild West the western U.S. in a time of lawlessness in its early history. The Wild West was the last of a succession of frontiers formed as settlers moved gradually further west. The frontier was officially declared closed in 1890.

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