In the 19th and early 20th century, the people of the United States turned their attention to the western United States. Many saw the West as a place for economic opportunity, freedom, and land ownership, and they began migrating there. This period in history is referred to as the Old West or the Wild West. The era is often associated with saloons, gunslingers, outlaws, Indians, and lots of mining. During the expansion West, many towns and mining camps were established with some even growing into major cities. While some of the towns were forgotten and abandoned, others withstood the test of time and are still around today. Read on to see what some of these towns looked like back in the Old West and what they look like today.
We’ll even see the town that inspired the HBO hit series Deadwood.
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Located in Tombstone, Arizona, The OK Corral is remembered for being the location of one of the most famous gunfights in the Wild West. It took place on October 26, 1881, and was a 30-second shootout between lawmen and a group of outlaws that called themselves the Cowboys.
The gunfight was the result of a long-time feud after the three Earp brothers, all lawmen, continuously received death threats from members of the Cowboys.The shootout resulted in the deaths of members of both sides as well as numerous life-threatening injuries to others. The fight was the result of a time when outlaws could run free with limited lawmen who were able to control them over such large areas.