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The American old west, from 1700 to the early 1900s, was a wild, lawless yet very interesting time, and many influences from these times can still be seen today in the modern west. Explorers, trappers, settlers, marshals, gunmen, Indians, cowboys, villains, ranchers, prospectors, businessmen and women, and multitudes of others came together to lay the foundations of Western USA. In this category, there are questions on the lives and adventures of these people.
To answer this requires a bit of an educated guess really, as the question is a little ill-informed. Firstly Las Vegas, Nevada didn't exist in 1880, it wasn't established until 1905 when the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad auctioned off 110 acres of land in what is now downtown Vegas.…
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Answer They had to possess extreme confidence and mastery skills, because it was not easy to be a cowboy. Cowboys in the 19th century, and even today, had to be jacks of all trades. The skills required are far too numerous to list, but here are some examples. Cowboys needed to have basic woodwo…
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The Homesteaders were faced with many problems. some of these problems were that the land was too hard and dry and therefore the crops wouldn't be properly embedded in the soil and therefore would just blow away in the wind the solution to this was a sod buster or industrial plow that came out with …
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They've gone to... Home, home on the range, Where the deer and the antelope play! Where the prairie winds blow, and the cattle shall roam,** And where the skies are not cloudy all day. **A little different, made-up verse from the Traditional Cowboy Song (link below).
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They didn't leave Springfield, Missouri, they left Springfield, Illinois. They wanted to better their lives by moving to an area where there was less sickness, a climate with no cold winters, and good farming land.
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Many didn't. Disease was rife, and many died from the cold.Those who survived, were the lucky ones.
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yes, it was passed may 20th, 1862.
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Increase in grain farming, more land being available for agricultural use, easier access to markets, etc.Expansion of the railroads:)
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General George Custer was defeated and killed in the Battle of Little Bighorn
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Jessie James (murder victim) Jessie James (c. 1991-September 9, 2006) was a British schoolboy who was the victim of an unsolved shooting when he was shot and killed after 1:00 pm in Broadfield Park, Moss Side, Manchester on September 9, 2006. Possible motives are unclear and, while James' death is …
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April 14, 1846
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Because cowboys ranked low on the social scale of the time and because they often lived and worked in remote areas there are no precise figures on how many were of any particular ethnic group or even how many there were over all. What we usually consider today to be the "cowboy culture" began at th…
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86 people were in the donner party
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Well Settlers made homes and towns in the frontier many American Indians already claimed that territory. Troubles occurred when settlers wanted to own the Indians land. So that means that it was a good place for settlers because they wanted the Indians territory. But as of the Indians they felt that…
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When the Indians killed him!! 1876 The above answer is not appropriate
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The Donners and Reeds left Springfield, Illinois, on April 14, 1846. They left Independence, Missouri, on May 12, 1846.However, the Donner Party didn't actually exist until July 19, 1846, when George Donner was elected captain of a newly-formed wagon train.
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one person who was banished from the Donner party was James Reed because he stabbed and killed a man in his wagon train because was abusing his oxen.
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The Donner Party was a group of pioneers that became snowbound in the Sierra Nevada (a mountain range in eastern California) during the winter of 1846-1847. Eighty-one settlers from Illinois and adjoining states, led by George Donner, reached the mountains in October 1846 but were unable to cross be…
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The Donner Party revealed what could happen, if things went wrong. Previous stories were always about the wonderful things that could happen when settlers went west, such as adventure and the possibility of finding one's destiny. The story of the Donner Party showed the dark side. The tale of cannib…
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Human migration is the movement of a group of people from one area to another with the intent of settling. Migration to the Pacific Northwest happened because of slavery, involuntary migration, seasonal moves, urbanization and search for resources.
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Similarities: -Both were huge expeditions across the continent. -Both could be considered "risky" - the Lewis and Clark for the fact this was completely uncharted territory, the Donner Party for the fact they had never traveled the "shortcut" route before. -Both taught a valuable lesson - Lewis a…
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When it became nearly impossible to travel through the snow.
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They were being driven from Wil Andersen's ranch in Bozeman, Montana to Belle Fourche (pronounced "Bell Foosh" ) South Dakota. Belle Fourche is French for "Beautiful Fork".
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There were too many cattle and the open-range declined due to barbed wire.
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no they did that's y they went canniblism sick!look it up in Google
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George Armstrong Custer was killed in the Battle of the Little Bighorn July 25-26, 1876 in Montana.The Battle of the Little BighornThe name of the battle is the Little Big Horn, and is also the name of the place it took place. Also Custer and his men were not massacred they went looking for a fight …
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The Donner party left the other group of travelers and used hasting cutoff little did they know that the guide only used this path once. When the Donner party got close the the Sierra Nevada's they got suck in a snow storm some of the people in the Donner party had to leave there wagons behind or ge…
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There were 87 people not including the teamsters or Indians that travelled with them.
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Yes about that number, there were intermittent drop-outs and people who were using the wagon train to get to outposts, etc and these should not be confused with actual casualties. about 48 people survived the incident.
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With the increase in population of America due to immigration, jobs in the east became more difficult to find, free farm land was available to the west, and the American culture was based around expansion so it became common to migrate west.
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Near the Little Bighorn River in what is now part of the Crow Reservation in southeastern Montana. Custer, more accurately a Lieutenant Colonel at the time, was killed along with more than 250 of his men, including those at Custer's Last Stand.
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A series of fires, blizzards, and droughts occured, but also, ranchers crowded the open range with cattle, prices dropped big time, and then ranchers faced and increase of competition, and then barbed wire was patented.
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Not entirely. His description of the route across Utah and into California was not accurate, misstating distances and availability of water. However, Hastings himself successfully crossed the same route. Other factors, especially the weather, were equally as important in the tragedy. Had the party g…
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Butch Cassidy (1866-1908) was was a notorious US outlaw; a train robber, bank robber and leader of the Hole in the Wall Gang.
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There are a number of photographs of Donner Party members. Eleanor Eddy's and Sarah Keyes' photos were taken before they left for California. There is also a painting of Charles Stanton. There are also many photos of Donner Party members taken at different times after the disaster, some as early as …
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The real Butch Cassidy (1866-1908) was born Robert Leroy Parker in Beaver, Utah.
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Butch Cassidy's real name was Robert Leroy Parker (1866-1908).
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William H. Bonney was a robber and murderer of the American Wild West. He lived from 1859 to 1881. He was known as "Billy the Kid".
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Cattle drives soon ended in the late 1800's to the early 1900's because of fierce winter storms, barbed wire, drought, overgrazing, and the near extinction of the population of Longhorns originating from Spain and developed in the wilds of southwestern America.
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Bat Masterson struggled with marriage problems through his goals
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The western cattle boom was caused by people in the eastern US acquiring a taste for beef. The western lands were wide open at the time and were a perfect area for raising cattle cheaply.
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The Donner Party took place between May of 1846 and February of 1847.
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The west was a tough area of America for the settlers. They faced the problem of having to find food in the winter, hostile and aggressive Indians, and an ongoing lack of fresh water.
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The railroad let to the cattle boom in the West. The railroad made raising cattle for profit easier, and more appealing.
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Billy the Kid aka William H. Bonney, was born Henry McCarty on November 23, 1859 and was shot and killed on July 14, 1881. Billy the Kid was 21 years old at the time of his death.
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People wore 10 galleon hats ,a bandana ,a cheacked shirt/leather trousers and cowboy boots.The womem wore a Cotton dress,a white cotton apron,leather boots and a bonnet.
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They tried to take a shorter route to California but instead it took longer and was more difficult and that was their downfall. As Virginia Reed who survived advised - "Don't take no shortcuts and hurry along as fast as you can."
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"Cowboys" (cattle workers on the western frontier) were a mix of many races and ethnic groups, from Irish and Polish immigrants to Mexicans, Indians, and African Americans.
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It wasn't chicken so it could have been either still beef or pork.
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Zane Grey (1872 - 1939), Jack London (1876 - 1916), and Owen Wister (1860 - 1938) are examples of local color writers who wrote about the American West. The three above-mentioned authors respectively immortalized the behaviors and conversations of the American Westerners of Utah, the coastal northwe…
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Either cow towns or stockyards.
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Hand gun or long gun?
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decline people in farms
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The herding of cattle from Texas to railroad centers to the north was called a cattle drive. Cattle drives took many months to complete. Some of the cowboys would drive the cattle to Kansas and not want to go back to the ranch after being paid. Then ranchers would have to hire more hands the next ca…
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The Donner Party consisted of 87 members who left Missouri on 12 May of 1846 bound for California who were trapped by snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.Noteworthy members of the Donner Party included George (aged 62) and Tamsen (aged 42) Donner and their five daughters, Jacob Donner, (the olde…
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The writings of false riches, abundant land, and a "new start" all drew people West. Also look of Frederick Jackson Turner's book on the Frontier, that might help!
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there were factors that helped the cattle industry the Railroads the indians the us army the comboys john iiif
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to the gold rush because it was 1847 the year of the gold rush and they were going to california it says in the book read it find the answer like me a smart history loveing 8 year old
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We remember the Donner Party because they made some not so wise decisions on which way to travel. The Donner partys' travels helped other people looking to travel west choose smart routes. We also remember the Donner party because of the cannibalism that went on between them. Though sometimes the ca…
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To soothe the tired animals and prevent stampedes, cowboys often sang soft songs , such as:Whoope ti yi yo,git along, little dogies; It's your misfortune and none of my own Whoope ti yi yo,git along little dogies; You know that Wyoming will be your new home.
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Mid 1800's
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39 people died plus the 2 rescuers who died for a total of 42.
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The answers from the show were: 1. Gets Shot 2. Runs Out Of Bullets 3. Misses 4. Gun Jams 5. Drops His Gun Some that might have been tried are: Have his pants fall downHave one of his buddies turn on himShooting himself by accidentShoot the wrong man, his girlfriend, his dog, or his horse Gett…
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The "Long Drive" cowboys from Texas (White, Black, and Mexican) would travel across the plains that had no fences. But when land owners started to put fencing around their property, the cowboys lost money until later in the 1900's when someone made a trail for the cowboys to follow to the railroads.
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becus thay wanted a beter life.
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The widespread use of barbed wires brought an end to open range grazing, and made possible the settlement of the frontier by small farmers.The wire stopped cattle owners from letting their cattle graze on new farmland, as cattle could not break the wire. Since it was cheap, even small farmers could …
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After famously killing outlaw Jesse James on April 3, 1882, Ford was the subject of at least one revenge attack. But it was not until June 8, 1892, ten years later, that he was shot to death by Edward O'Kelley in Creede, Colorado. O'Kelley managed to serve only 8 years for the killing, and died Janu…
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They built shelters to live in and slaughtered their animals for food. At the very end of their ordeal, some of them ate human flesh to stay alive.
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always follow the original route as planned
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Basically, a guy by the name of Lansford Hastings decided to take a shortcut now called "Hastings Cutoff"). This shortcut would have saved them time, however, they were not prepared for the extreme weather they encountered. Deep snow and limited supplies ultimately led to the demise half of the part…
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46 people of the 87 lived.2/3 of all the women and children lived.2/3 of all the men died.
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Robert Ford, the alleged killer of Jesse James in 1882, was shotgunned in his tent saloon in Creede, Colorado on June 8, 1892. His killer, Edward O'Kelley, was sentenced to life but served only 8 years in prison.
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Cowboys used lots of different tools. They used hobbles on the horses feet to keep them from walking. They used common tools such as knives, chaps, ropes, spurs and boots.
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George, 60, brought his third wife, Tamsen, 45, their three children, Frances, 6, Georgia, 4 and Eliza, 3, and George's two daughters from a previous marriage, Elitha Cumi, 14, and Leanna, 12. Jacob Donner, 56, and his wife Elizabeth, 45, brought their five children, George, 9, Mary, 7, Isaac, 5, …
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They were called Vaqueros.
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Mining towns. As the price of ore fell, miners struggled to survive, thus mining towns became deserted as miners moved on.
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being shot at and killed or beat up and have their cattle stolen by land owners because the cattle the cowboys were driving were free grazing on the ranchers acreges
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Yes. The miners extracted all the gold and moved on. The town is now deserted.
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Not really, railroads were built in all of the western states, not just Texas, so that yes, cattle could be shipped to the eastern markets.
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Of the 87 people in the Donner party, 39 died; plus two of the rescuers also died attempting to save them; for a total of 41 people dead.
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Boone would've been referring to the Great Plains, which has rich fertile land with many bison living on it.
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desolate, abandoned, dead, deserted
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There was a girl named Mary Donner in the Donner Party, and a woman named Margaret Reed.
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48 of the original 87 members survived the ordeal.
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Of the original 87 pioneers, 39 died and 48 survived.
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Three families, George Donner's, Jacob Donner's, and James Reed's, left Springfield, Illinois, on April 14, 1846. On May 19 they joined a large wagon train in Kansas. This train was led by William Russell. It broke up into smaller parties. The Donner Party didn't actually exist until July 19, 1846, …
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St Joseph, MO Jesse James was apparently shot and killed at 1318 Lafayette St. in St. Joseph, Missouri, on April 3, 1882. He and his gang had rented a house there as a hideout, and his associate Bob Ford allegedly shot him in hopes of collecting a $5000 bounty solicited by the governor of Missouri.…
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The transcontinental railroad allowed cattle to be delivered across the country on the railroad, instead of herded by cowboys. This led to an increase in cattle distribution and the weakening of the cowboy cattle drives. It also helped to lower transportation costs.
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Henry Hooker was a cattle rancher in the Old West who founded the Sierra Bonita ranch in Arizona. The ranch was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964.
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Dogs, Oxen, Shoe Leather, Tree Bark, and just about anything else they could find.
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