American Old West

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The American Old West (often referred to as the Old West, Wild West or Far West) comprises the history, geography, people, lore, and cultural expression of life in the Western United States, most often referring to the period of the later half of the 19th century, between the American Civil War and the end of the century.


  • We didn't build this Nation by everyone scratching and clawing for himself. We built it, like we built the West, by pitching in together and by always acting responsibly.
  • You and your forebears… tamed a wild frontier. And, believe it or not, you did it without an area redevelopment program or urban renewal. So now, load up the musket and help us conquer this wild growth and centralization of power which threatens all that we've created.
    • Ronald Reagan, Remarks at a Rally for Senator Malcolm Wallop in Cheyenne, Wyoming. March 2, 1982.
  • Go West, young man, and grow up with the country.
  • The existence of an area of free land, its continual recession, and the advancement of American settlement westward, explain American development
    • Frederick Jackson Turner to the American Historical Association at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois

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