Fascinating Old Western Pictures

I received these old photographs in my email this morning. I get a wide range of emails every day so always have something new to look at. There was no information on who owned them or took the photographs.

I was so totally enthralled with these pictures for their clarity and content that I knew if I could figure out how to cite them, I had to post them. I posted the question on how to cite them and Hyphenbird came to my rescue.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

A Deer Hunt near Deadwood in winter 1887 and '88 "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
A Deer Hunt near Deadwood in winter 1887 and '88 "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Meeting at a Trading Post "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Meeting at a Trading Post "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Captain Talor and 70 Indian Scouts "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Captain Talor and 70 Indian Scouts "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Chinese Hose Team "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Chinese Hose Team "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Deadwood Central Railroad Surveyors "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Deadwood Central Railroad Surveyors "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Gold Stamp Mill Interior at Terraville, Dakota Territory "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Gold Stamp Mill Interior at Terraville, Dakota Territory "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Hotel Minnekahta, Hot Springs , Dakota Territory "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Hotel Minnekahta, Hot Springs , Dakota Territory "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Indian Fighters from the US Army Infantry "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Indian Fighters from the US Army Infantry "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Lakota Sioux Indian Camp "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Lakota Sioux Indian Camp "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Last trip of the famous Deadwood Stage "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Last trip of the famous Deadwood Stage "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Miners Panning for Gold in the Dakota Territory "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Miners Panning for Gold in the Dakota Territory "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Placer Mining for Gold "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Placer Mining for Gold "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Stagecoaches of the Old West "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Stagecoaches of the Old West "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
The Cowboy "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
The Cowboy "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
The stallion, Comanche, the only survivor of the Custer Massacre 1876 "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
The stallion, Comanche, the only survivor of the Custer Massacre 1876 "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Village of the Lakota Sioux Indians "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Village of the Lakota Sioux Indians "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Western Stagecoach "No Copyright Infringement Intended."
Western Stagecoach "No Copyright Infringement Intended."

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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Hi Becky...I am certainly glad that Hypen 'came to the rescue' so that you were able to share these awesome photographs! Thanks you sharing!


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I am happy she did too. I had them downloaded and unzipped but did not know how to cite them. They are really awesome, aren't they?


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Those are some fine photgraphs. Thanks for sharing. You don't mention where they came from. The first photo with a man with a deer slung over his shoulder is a story all in itself.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I got them in an email from a friend. They are all so awesome that I had to put them up here. I figured they would be appreciated. Thanks for commenting.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Becky, they are amazing. I think photography is one of our greatest gifts so we can record our history. I remembered seeing people on YouTube putting that phrase on videos and photos. Thanks for sharing these with us.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Thanks for showing these. Stage coach pictures are rather hard to find, at least ones we can use.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hyphen, Thanks for the help. These were just so great and clear. They just had to be shared and there was nothing on them except the subject. I never knew they stuffed the stages quite so full. They look like people are going to be falling off. Those are tiny little things.

Dahoglund, I got these in email and they were just so fantastic. I knew everyone would love them.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

The pictures are amazing, each one tells a story, especially the Indian ones, difficult to imagine they once lived that way. Thank you for sharing them with us....


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Ruby, Looking closely at these, we can learn so much about our ancestors. They are so clear and it is so easy to see details on them. If you read Ghost32's Tam stories, you begin to wonder if the Indians weren't more civilized than we are. Thanks for coming by.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Thank you for sharing these Becky.

What a fascinating look into history, and whoever the photos came from they have been looked after.

There would be some great stories here especially to gold mining and with the indians.

I love historical homes I wish I could just wander through those house.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Rosemary. I fell in love with these myself and wish they were talking pictures so they could tell us their stories. I love to look at old houses too. My favorite style is the Victorian. Favorite furniture also. So pretty. Thanks for coming by.


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Always Optimist 5 years ago from India

Beautiful pics..love them


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Always Optimist, So did I. Thank you for coming by.


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

Becky, these pictures are so clear and telling. It's amazing they've survived in such wonderful condition and you are so great to share them in your hub. You needed no words to transport us back in time. The faces reach out from the grave and implore us to remember what impact this had on our growing nation, what impact it had on generations of people after that and how our nation has grown since then. Those were wild times and human nature was not at its finest hours...

Thank you so much for sharing. Its not often we see such well preserved bits of photography. Voted you up, awesome, beautiful and interesting!


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Thank you Erin for coming by. I fell in love with these also. They are fascinating to just study. So much to learn from them and they are clear enough to see well. Thank you for voting.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Hyphen is a Godsend. the only thing I like better than reading about the past are the paintings and photos from it. These Old West pics are awesome, what a treat. Thanks a mil Becky.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I am awed by these pictures also. They are so clear.

I have some old family pictures of my family on their ranch in CA. I will be doing a hub about them also. It will take a little bit because I have misplaced the CD they are on.


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Dingpo 5 years ago

The pictures are fascinating they conjour up a time of hardship but hope beautiful


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I love these photographs of our history. It was a hard life and these show how much they put up with to live it their way. They are so inspiring. I am so happy that you came by, Dingpo.


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trecords0 5 years ago from DeLand, Florida

What an awesome collection,very beautiful photos.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Becky, those were fascinating pictures....I especially like the cowboy one...

Thank you for sharing these!

UP and awesome (and Interesting)


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

trecords0, Thank you for coming by. These are exceptionally clear and crisp. We are all enjoying them.

CMerritt, So happy you could come by and look at these pictures. The cowboy is special, isn't he. I wonder who he was?


Ghost32 5 years ago

Can't believe I missed these for a whole eleven days--VERY cool. Although Comanche was NOT the only survivor at the Battle of the Greasy Grass, but that's another story. It made good news copy in the States at the time and the story stuck.

Voted Up and Everything. ("Funny" for the look on the Chinese fellow facing the camera.)


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Ghost, Now I know you don't read the comments well. I told you about these a day or so after I published. LOL!!!That was a rather strange look on his face, Right?


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DrJez 5 years ago from Narara NSW Australia

Amazing photos.Thanks for sharing!


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

DrJez, So happy you came by. They are amazing photos. I have had someone tell me they could get a story out of each one of them. I wish I did fiction so I could try it.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

These pictures are fascinating to see, I was surprised by how clear they were. I found the one of the horse from 'Custer's battle' especially sad. The original photos are primary sources as they were taken at the time of the event, I think historians would be particularly interested in them. Thank you for allowing us to see the pictures here.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

2uesday, I was also surprised by how clear these were. I have had people tell me we could get a hub out of any one of these pictures because of their quality. I believe you could. Thank you for coming by.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Old pictures of times past are fascinating even if you don't know the people. There had to be some real emotion to confronting Indians up close and personal like. How many people can you put on a stage coach anyway? LOL! Thanks for sharing, Becky! WB


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I never knew they stuffed the stages quite so full. They look like people are going to be falling off. Those are tiny little things.Thank you so much for coming by.


ThomasRydder 5 years ago

The last Deadwood coach? The only survivor of Custer's massacre...you have GOT to be kidding me!! Magnificent!! What a Godsend to have history preserved like that. A wonderful glimpse into the past. Well done!!


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

These are rather great pictures, aren't they? I wish they were mine, but they are out there in the public domain. I just figured they deserved to be spotlighted in a hub. A lot of people have seen them now that wouldn't have seen them before. I all into that.


steelerfutball57 5 years ago

That's great...I'm really into genealogy and history, and am fascinated about life in the past. My wife tells me I was born in the wrong century :). So important to keep a grasp on where we come from, and how much so many did to make what we have today possible.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

steelerfutball, If you are in the wrong century, welcome to the club. Many of us love history and are into genealogy. Thank you for coming by and leaving your great comment.


ThomasRydder 5 years ago

De nada...by the way, I closed up (or am in the process of anyway) my steelerfutball site, and restarted one with the pen name I wanted to use originally, ThomasRydder...I'll be doing business with that from now on...


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I will try to remember and will be watching for you. I write a variety of articles. Whatever catches my fancy, and you never know when I will find another history project.


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Dingpo 5 years ago

Hello Becky

Thank you for your welcome back.I have been viewing your pictures of the Old West, it makes me wonder where my 10%DNA of being native North American comes from, movies have no bearing on the real thing.

Kindest regards Bob


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Dingpo, something that you should remember. Different tribes have different facial and physical appearances. These Indians do not look like the Paiute Indians that I grew up around. They all had round, fleshy faces. Some tribes have very thin bony facial characteristics. I have some Indian blood also and it only shows in my cheek and jaw bones. The rest is English.


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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

I love the old black and white pictures...


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Enlydia Listener, I think that these are some of the clearest pictures of the old west that I have ever seen. I really appreciate you coming by to take a look.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

Great photos - thanks for sharing.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

suziecat7, I am so glad you came by to see these. I have another hub of 'My Old Family Photo' that you might like. Not quite as old but back in the first half of the last century.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

The clarity in the photographs is amazing. I loved gazing at these images of days long gone by. Thank you for sharing them with us. I could not have enjoyed this Hub more. :-)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

James, the clarity of these was one of the things that caught me attention. The other was the content. Aren't they amazing. I was astounded. I am so glad you enjoyed them also. I am happy that you can by to visit.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

I don't have a lot of time to read at the moment, but I wanted to browse you're page and came across these pictures. These are fabulous. I thought they were images from Woodstock until I read the titles.. ( :


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

wayne, I found these and they were so awesome that I had to put them out for others to see. I really appreciate you coming by to visit. There are some more on my hub 'Some of my old Bill Family Photos'. The ones on there are from family photos that I have.


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Lisawilliamsj 3 years ago

These pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing, I voted up!


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Lisa, if you like old photos, I have two others and will be doing one with a bunch of Civil War photos. I have some that are not of battle scenes and some that have battle scenes. I will probably do one of each so that those who have weak stomachs will be warned and not have to see some of them. I appreciate you coming by to visit.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Each of these wonderful historical photographs tells a story on their own. I love the one of the Deadwood surveyors with the bull dog and the Lakota Indians and the Chinese hose team. Really, every one of them is amazing and gives such incredible detail about our ancestors. How difficult the struggle for daily life must have been.


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Peg, I would not be able to choose which of these is my favorite. Maybe the one with the three Kennedy brothers before they hit their full potential , and the loss of the oldest two so early in their lives. No one will ever know where we would be if they had lived longer. I appreciate you coming to visit.

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