Life in the Old West

True stories, tall tales, memorabilia of the American West

Women of the West

Women played a key role in the expansion and settlement of the Old West, from hardy pioneer wives to leading mining and business executives. Read about some truly exceptional women here. (Let’s face it, men, we all know that the “fairer sex” is overall more rambunctious and flat out tougher than us. If you don’t believe me, fellas, answer this: How many children have you bore and given birth to??) You’ll find stories about women like Nellie Cashman, who’s generosity, physical toughness as a prospector, and business acumen rivaled any man she ever met. Or, click on the article links below to read about such members of our “Women of the West” category as the renowned Annie Oakley, known to millions as “Little Sure Shot” — which she absolutely was!