These 20 Rarely Seen Photos Reveal How Wild The West Truly Was

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Image: Timothy H. O'Sullivan
Image: Timothy H. O’Sullivan

The Wild West – where cowboys fought with Native Americans – has been a central part of American culture for well over a century. The constructs of Hollywood and TV have, however, shaped our perceptions of it. Still, these 20 remarkable, and rarely seen, images reveal just how wild the West really was.

Image: via Historian Insight
Image: via Historian Insight

20. Death Valley

Gold hunters, on their way to California from the east, gave Death Valley its name in 1849. Back then, the Californian Gold Rush was at its height, and prospectors were willing to cross landscapes as deadly and barren as this to make their fortunes.

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Image: via Historian Insight

19. Rose Dunn

This gun-wielding lady is Rose Dunn or, to those who feared her, “Rose of Cimarron.” Born in Oklahoma, Dunn fell in love with outlaw George “Bittercreek” Newcomb in 1893 when she was just 14 or 15. Just two years later, however, Newcomb was shot dead. And it was Dunn’s two bounty-hunter brothers who did it.

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