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Books on the American West

Also see: Livestock

Bison, Buffalo
History of the Plains Bison, American Museum of Natural History
History of the American Bison, Buffalo Express
Charles Rath and Buffalo Hunting, Early Ford County, KS

Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982 American Memory
Western Trails: An Online Journey, Collabrative Digitization Program
Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade of the West and Southwest, Joseph McCoy, "The Pioneer Western Cattle Shipper," 1874, KanColl Books
Cattle Men and Drives, by Ida Ellen Rath, On-Line Book
Chisholm Trail History
Great Western Trail

Evolution of the Conservation Movement 1850-1920

Fur Trade also see: People
TIMELINE: A Brief History of the Fur Trade
Fur Trade Period in the Indian Territory, The Canadian Encyclopedia
Fur Trade: Beaver Powered Mountaineering
Southwest Frontier Fur Trade
Mountain Men and the Fur Trade
The Fur Trade Learning Centre
The Fur Trading Posts
The Beaver Fur Hat
Women in the Fur Trade
Speaking the language of the fur trade
The Chinook Trade Jargon - Introduction
White Oak Society - Deer River, Minnesota
White Oak Fur Post - Links
Library of Fur Trade Historical Source Documents
Introduction to Osborne Russell's Journal of a Trapper

Trading and Trails (Also see: Transportation)
Indian Trade
Santa Fe Trail
Sante Fe Trail History, William Becknell, 1821
Kansas Historic Trails
Pioneer Trails from U.S. Land Surveys

Economics of the 1830s: an Overview
Commerce Of The Prairies, 1844-1845
Great Financial Panics in History: 1893 was especially hard on banks in the West
Pittsburgh, PA "in the year 1796, the town of 1,300 had already begun its transformation from untamed wilderness to industrial powerhouse..."


Faro: Favorite Gambling Game of the Frontier
Frontier Gambler, dedicated to those men and a few women who earned their living by the turn of the card
History of Poker, Wikipedia
Central City, Colorado, Gilpin Historical Soc.
"Wild Bill" Hickok's last poker game, Deadwood, SD
Deadwood today in the Black Hills of SD
Tombstone, AZ
Also see: Gamblers

Also see: Transportation

The Iron Horse: impact of railroads on 19th century American society
Railroad maps: 1828 - 1900
RR Historical
19th and 20th Century Railroading: Colorado
Western Railroads
Railroads In Kansas
Transportation at the Smithsonian
Pacific Railway Act: 1862, The West, PBS

Stagecoach Lines in Southwestern Ohio with eCards

Steam Engine (1807)
Arabia Steamboat Museum (1856 recovered boat)

Transportation Toys
Holland Antique Transportaion Toys, 1880-1940

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