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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.

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Family Feud
American Old West

According to Family Feud name something a cowboy would hate to have happen during a gunfight?

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 down
  • Have one of his buddies turn on him
  • Shooting himself by accident
  • Shoot the wrong man, his girlfriend, his dog, or his horse
  • Getting the hiccups
  • Have allergies / sneeze
  • Have a bullet misfire (since they used revolvers and not pistols)
  • Be distracted by a charging bovine (bull, cow or steer) or by a herd of stampeding horses, wild or runaway station-wagon horses
  • Have to use the bathroom
  • Have a heart attack or stroke or seizure (can be an epileptic seizure
  • Discover his opponent is a sheriff
  • Discover his opponent is Chuck Norris
  • Specific to cowboys, I'd guess they'd hate to be wrestling around and then someone plays the theme song to "Brokeback Mountain" on the jukebox.
  • Find out too late that he forgot to bring his gun.
  • He would hate if his gun jammed, if he shot his friend, or if he got shot first. Back then the equivalent to jam is a bullet misfire since there were revolvers and not pistols, but definitely having the other one draw faster and not miss is the most a cowboy could hate.
  • Be charged at by a bull.
  • Not have his gun.
  • Die
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Ranching
American Old West

What animal do cowboys ride?

Horses.

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American Old West
Cattle Drives and Trails

What refers to the cattles journey to a railroad depot?

Cattle drive.

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History of the United States
Cows and Cattle
Ranching
American Old West

What played the biggest role in ending the cattle kingdom?

Severe overgrazing, the extensive use of barbed wire, the expansion of the railroad and the real nail in the coffin: the Great Winter of 1885-86 where thousands and thousands of cattle perished from cold and hunger.

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History of the United States
American Old West

What hardships did the pioneer women face?

they faced alot of snakes and alot of them died

Wild animals were one cause of death for pioneer women, but the main causes of death for them were childbirth and fires. Taking care of the family (raising the kids, working in the garden, cooking, sewing) was their job, and it had its hardships.

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American Old West

Usually showdowns in Vegas end with a winning hand but in 1880 one ended with a dead lawman who was he?

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. Secondly, I'm assuming that the 'lawman' in question is James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickock. Wild Bill had served some time as lawman in Dodge City, Kansas but was no longer a lawman at the time of his death. He was killed, not in Vegas but in Nuttall & Mann's No.10 Saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory by Jack McCall and the year was 1876, not 1880. The reason I guess this is the incident to which you refer is because Wild Bill is famous for holding a poker hand of a pair of black aces and a pair of black 8's (the fifth card's identity is either unknown or had not been dealt at the time), this hand has been known ever since as the 'Dead Man's Hand.

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History, Politics & Society
American Old West

Why did the settlers go west?

Settlers expanded west to increase size of the country and to let more people immigrate to The United States.

ANS 2 - The majority of the settlers moved west to get their own farmlands

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Trains and Railroads
American Old West

How did railroads help settle the American west more qiuckly?

Traveling by wagon took weeks or even months. Traveling by train took days.

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Cows and Cattle
American Old West

What old cattle town starts with letter 'O'?

Omaha

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Ranching
Century - 1800s
American Old West

What skills did cowboys in the 1800s have to possess?

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 woodworking skills in order to mend fences, buckboards and wagon wheels. They had to be able to work in extreme weather, hot and cold. They needed a basic knowledge of animal husbandry to care for their animals. The ability to treat minor, and sometimes not so minor, injuries was also an invaluable skill due to the paucity of doctors. A good memory was needed in order to travel and locate animals, navigating by landmarks, verbal instructions and hastily sketched maps. The work requires a high level of physical fitness. Contrary to popular belief, marksmanship skills were neither important nor widely held. Firearms are heavy, especially when traveling with most of your worldly possessions on a horse. Revolvers were most commonly used against varmints which, often as not, were as likely to run from the sound as be hit. Probably the most important of all cowboy skills was the ability to improvise and adapt. There was no written job description for cowboys, only ever-changing conditions and tasks.

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Ranching
American Old West
Cattle Drives and Trails

Who taught the cowboys how to run cattle?

Most learned the hard way, through trial and error, but others had mentors that taught them how to know the behaviour of cattle and how to raise and herd them.

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William H. Taft
Historical Figures
American Old West

Who is William H. Bonney?

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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Cows and Cattle
American Old West

What is it called when a cowboy grabs the cow with the rope?

It's either looped or roped. When you hear the sentence, "the cowboy roped (or looped) the steer" it means that the cowboy grabbed or caught that steer with his rope. Lassoed is another term, but you don't hear that very often among real cowpokes.

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Ranching
American Old West

What was the cattle kingdom?

The Cattle Kingdom refers to the open-range cattle industry that stretched from Texas into Montana as well as far north as Canada lasting from the early 1870s to the late 1880s.

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Ranching
American Old West

Did cowboys use cow hooves?

NO they didn't they used cow boots.

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African-American History
Picture and Image Searches
American Old West

Who was Bass Reeves the Western lawman?

Bass Reeves was the most important lawman in the Indian Territory and one of the greatest frontier heroes in our country's history. The research on his life is ongoing and is believed we will learn even more in the future about his outstanding dedication and commitment to duty. Hopefully the location where he was buried in Muskogee, Oklahoma will be found. Below are four articles from the two major newspapers in Muskogee, early in the century. They are the Muskogee Phoenix and the Muskogee Times Democrat. The articles discuss Reeves career during his sickness and after his death. The articles were written after statehood when bias and prejudice against African Americans was very strong, some of the comments reflect that mindset. But still it is very impressive testimonials from two white newspapers of the era: ---- Bass Reeves, a deputy United States marshal in old Indian Territory for over thirty years, is very ill at his home in the Fourth ward and is not expected to live. Reeves was a deputy under Leo Bennett in the last years of the federal regime in Oklahoma, and also served in the old days of Judge Parker at Fort Smith. In the early days when the Indian country was overriden with outlaws, Reeves was sent to go through the Indian country and gather up criminals which were tried at Fort Smith. These trips lasted sometimes for months and Reeves would herd into Fort Smith often single handed, bands of men charged with crimes from bootlegging to murder. He was paid fees in those days which some times amounted to thousands of dollars for a single trip. For a time Reeves made a great deal of money and was said to be worth considerable. He then shot a man whom he was trying to arrest and was tried for murder. The fight for life in the courts was a bitter one, but finally Reeves was acquitted on the testimony of a young negro girl. He was freed, but not until most of his money was gone. The veteran negro deputy never quailed in facing any man. Chief Ledbetter says of the old man that he is one of the bravest men this country has ever known. He was honest and fearless, and a terror to the bootleggers. He was as polite as an old-time slave to the white people and most loyal to his superiors. His son shot and killed his own wife and Reeves, enforcing the law arrested his own son. The young negro was sent to the penitentiary. While the old man is slowly sinking, Bud Ledbetter, who for years was in the government service with Reeves is caring for the old man the best he can and is a daily visitor at the Reeves home. Police Judge Walrond, who was United States district attorney while Reeves was an officer, also calls on the old negro. "While Reeves could neither read nor write," said Judge Walrond today, "he had a faculty of telling what warrants to serve on any one and never made a mistake. Reeves carried a batch of warrants in his pocket and when his superior officers asked him to produce it the old man would run through them and never fail to pick out the one desired. Since statehood, Reeves was given a place on the police force, but became ill and unable to work. For the past year he has been growing weaker, and has but little time to spend in this world. He is nearly seventy years old. ---- Bass Reeves, colored, for 32 years a deputy United States marshal in Indian Territory, who served under the famous Judge Parker at Fort Smith and later at Muskogee, a man credited with fourteen notches on his gun and a terror to outlaws and desperadoes in the old days, died at his home at 816 North Howard Street late yesterday afternoon at the age of 72. Death was caused by Bright's disease and complications. Information found at: http://www.coax.net/people/lwf/BASS_LEG.HTM

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Relationships
Cows and Cattle
American Old West

What caused the end of the cattle boom?

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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History of the United States
Cows and Cattle
Ranching
American Old West

What factors led to the end of the cattle kingdom?

Corporate structure and frenzied investment/speculation, insufficent grass to support long drives, ranges were shrunk by railroads, severe weather in 1885-1887


The cattle frontier ended because barbed wire was invented, which replaced the need for cowboys. Weather also influenced the downfall, as blizzards trapped herds and droughts caused fire. These disasters destroyed land, and many animals were lost.

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History
Society and Civilization
Century - 1800s
Cannibalism
American Old West
Donner Party

Why did the Donner party find the need to eat each other?

The short answer is that they found the need to eat to survive. They were starving to death.

Having left too late in the season to travel west, and having encountered blizzards as they attempted to cross the Sierra Nevada mountains, they became trapped in Fremont Pass (no called Donner Pass). As their food supply dwindled, and their last remaining oxen and horse died and were consumed, no food remained, so the surviving party members began to consume parts of those who had died earlier due to sickness and injury.

There were actually numerous reports of parties who resorted to cannibalism as they crossed the oceans and continents. The story of the Donner party remains one of the most well known due to early books that were written, and the sad comedy of errors that led up to the horror the members of the Donner party experienced.

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History of the United States
Century - 1800s
Cannibalism
American Old West
Donner Party

What is the historical significance of the Donner Party?

The Donnor Party happened during a very important part of American History. It was the journey west to expand the countries boundries, and explore new land. The Donnor Party was doing something that has been an obsession of human kind as long as we have existed. We want to discover and explore as far as possible. The reason they stand out from other pioneers' is because the cannibalism that occured during their entrapment in the Sierra Nevada's. But that is just the faucet to the story. The story of canabalism pulls people in, but they real story of how many people suffered and fought for their lives against mother nature is what keep the story present in our history. The Donnor Party is an interesting study because so many factors caused the story to unfold and events to occur. There is also a mistery about what actually happened, and they unknown is very appealing to human kind.

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Ranching
American Old West

Where have all the cowboys gone?

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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American Old West

What did side buster in the old west mean?

The term was sod buster and it means farmer. Side buster is a more current urban term for busy body.

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Ranching
American Old West

What skills do todays feedlot cowboys need to posses?

Horsemanship, handling and working cattle, spotting cattle that are sick, ability to work in all conditions, from the cold and rainy to the hot and sunny, etc.

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