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People and Places Photos
from the Great American Old West

No Copyright icon - People and Places PhotosAll of the People and Places Photos included here are in the Public Domain in the United States of America unless noted otherwise. Western photographers are noted in the Players (if I have a workable date for them) [LOC = Library of Congress]. Nothing in the way of enhancement has been done to these photographs they are as originally produced.

Dick Latham's successful antelope hunt - People and Places PhotosDick Latham’s successful antelope hunt – John C.H. Grabill LOC


Chinese Hose Team at Deadwood, SD 07/04/1888 - People and Places PhotosChinese Hose Team at Deadwood, SD (07/04/1888) – John C.H. Grabill LOC


Chinese RR workers on the SPRR c. 1860's - People and Places PhotosChinese Railroad Workers on the Southern Pacific RR in CA.
Photo U.S. PD c. 1860’s


Hotel Minnekahta, Dakota Territory - People and Places PhotosHotel Minnekahta, Dakota Territory – John C.H. Grabill LOC


Exploring the Truckee River - People and Places PhotosExploring the Truckee River (1867) – Timothy H. O’Sullivan LOC


Proffesor Othneil Marsh's Dinosaur Bone Hunting Team - People and Places PhotosProf. Othneil Marsh (back center) and his Dinosaur Bone Hunting Team in the late 1870’s.
A Sharps carbine on the left, a Sharps rifle in the center and a ’66 Winchester carbine on the right.
These boys are loaded for bear!  Photo: John C.H. Grabill LOC

   The Immortal Ten - People and Places PhotosSilas S. Soule – “The Immortal Ten” aka: The Jayhawker Ten (1859)
After the rescue of abolitionist Dr. John Doy from jail in St. Joseph, Missouri
and their safe return to Lawrence, KS. Photo courtesy of Dirk Lagerwij

Wk. 48, 11/29/1864 – Sand Creek
Wk. 17, 04/23/1865 – Silas Stillman Soule

  San Franciso, CA Vigilantes - People and Places PhotosThe last hurrah of the San Francisco Vigilante Military Units
The great parade of August 18, 1856
Replete with flags, banners, marching bands, artillery and infantry companies,
likely more than 4,000 participants.


 Judge Roy Bean's Saloon - People and Places PhotosJudge Roy Bean‘s Saloon and Justice of the Peace office in Langtry, Texas.
Photo U.S. PD c. 1900, The Lippe Studio, Del Rio, Texas

Wk. 11, 03/16/1903 – Judge Roy Bean


Stagecoach Mary Fields - Peopl end Places PhotosStagecoach Mary Fields 1832 – 1914
Delivered the U.S. Mail via buckboard with her mule: Moses
Photo: U.S. PD Montana c. 1895

Wk. 49, 12/05/1914 – Stagecoach Mary Fields


The Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, NM
(230 Plaza) built in 1881

Plaza Hotel - Las Vega, NM - People and Places Photos
National Register of Historic Places – # 74001202
Photo: U.S. PD 2002 Camerafiend


The Grand Imperial Hotel at Silverton, CO, [W. twelfth and Green]
Gran Imperial Hotel - Silverton, CO - People and Places PhotosBuilt in 1882 just as the railroad arrived and the mining boom was at it’s peak.
Photo: U.S. NPS PD 1971 [crop].


Saltair Pavillion (1893 – 1925)
On the Great Salt Lake, UT

Photo: U.S. PD 1900, Detroit Publishing Co. Photographer unknown

Saltair was not the first resort built on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, but it was the most successful. One of the first amusement parks, it was intended from the beginning as the Western counterpart to Coney Island, and for a time, it became the most popular family destination west of New York. Jointly owned by a corporation associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Salt Lake & Los Angeles Railway (later renamed as the Salt Lake, Garfield and Western Railway), which was constructed for the express purpose of serving the resort. It was designed by well-known Utah architect Richard K.A. Kletting and rested on over 2,000 posts and pilings (some of which are still visible today).
Completed in 1893, Saltair was intended as a family place which provided a safe and wholesome atmosphere with open supervision by Church leaders. A young courting Mormon couple could visit the pavilion without worrying about gossip, because, from the moment of arriving at the station before the outing until they left the station coming home, they were usually never out of sight of trusted members of the local Mormon community. If the boy got the girl home at a reasonable time after the train arrived back in Salt Lake City, parents weren’t worried. Trains left, to and from the city every 45 minutes. More than once, a young couple on the way home found themselves in the same car as their parents, who had also just enjoyed the music and dancing at the resort.
The LDS church sold the property in 1906. On April 22, 1925, the Saltair pavilion and several other buildings were taken by fire. Some time later, a new edition of the resort was built, but for a number of reasons, did not prosper.  {001}
Transportation – Railroads in the WestSome Western Railroads (logos)


Silver City, NM – 1876

Silver City - c. 1880's - People and Places

Silver City – c. 1880’s

First established as a Spanish settlement called La Ciénaga de San Vicente (Spanish: “St. Vincent of the Marsh”) in 1870. Founded  as Silver City (1876), it became a western boomtown during the 1880s. Located in a mining area noted for silver, gold, copper, lead, and zinc, the city’s fate, as with all mining towns, was tied to the fortunes and economy of the metals it exported. It was a rip-roarer when it was young!  {001}


Quitobaquito Springs

Quitobaquito Springs - People and Places Photos

Quitobaquito Springs – Photo: U.S. PD? – internet

In one of the most remote and driest areas of the Sonoran Desert, a lush oasis of trees and grasses surround a small pond and provide life-giving water for a vast variety of desert wildlife. Native American people have used Quitobaquito as a source of freshwater since at least 11,000 B.C. It was a critical watering stop along El Camino del Diablo, the “highway of the devil”. Early Spanish explorers were known to have stopped here, including: Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, Melchor Díaz, Father Francisco Tomás Garcés and Juan Bautista de Anza. Its origin lost to history, the meaning of the name Quitobaquito may be a corruption of Spanish and the local native O’odham languages. The meaning may vary from “little spring” to “house-ring spring”. Desert oases such as this are rare but do occasionally exist throughout the American southwest.  {001}
see also:
Wk. 46, 11/17/1539 – Melchor Díaz
Wk. 11, 03/14/1687 – Father Eusebio Francisco Kino
Wk. 51, 12/19/1788 – Juan Bautista de Anza
Wk. 29, 07/18/1781 – Father Francisco Hermenegildo Tomás Garcés


The Mormon Pioneer Memorial (1974)
[aka: Brigham Young Cemetery]

Mormon Pioneer Memorial - People and Places PhotosSalt Lake City, UT. Dedicated to the estimated 6,000 Mormon Pioneers who died in the trek West (1847-69). Photo: Ryan Reeder via Wikipedia
Wk. 37, 09/16/1857
– Sixth Hand Cart Company
Wk. 39, 09/24/1860
– Tenth Hand Cart Company
PLAYERS – HHand Carts



Pioneer Mother's Memorial Cabin - People and Places PhotosPioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin Museum (1931)

Located in the Champoeg State Heritage Area near St. Paul, OR. An authentic look at 19th Century living on the frontier. Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikipedia

barbed wire divider - People and Places PhotosEnd: People and Places Photos

{001} C 03/19; E 10/18: F 12/11; P 09/17

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