Life in the Old West

True stories, tall tales, memorabilia of the American West

Pioneers and Settlers

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The pioneers and settlers were the first waves of white Americans to discover and shape the Old West.

From Mountain Men to scouts to sod-busters — there really isn’t any experience in modern-day America that compares to the sense of adventure, the blatant risk-taking, and the liberating freedom that came as entire generations in the 19th Century packed up their families and generally all their worldly goods and headed off into unknown territories. Some of them went out of a sense of adventure, and others out of necessity — they needed to find places to care for their families or to seek their fortunes. You can find below an ever-growing library of articles, tales, and tall tales in the “Pioneers and Settlers” category of our website. Enjoy!

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