True Western Towns

Tombstone, Arizona

TWT_Tomstone-stage-coach_ok-corralTombstone got its start when Ed Schieffelin set out to prospect the desolate hills east of the San Pedro River in 1877. Friends, worried about his safety, tried to talk him out of it. Army Scout Al Sieber supposedly told him point-blank that the “only rock you’ll find out there will be your own tombstone.”

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Durango, Colorado

Can-Can-Girls-durango-silverton-rrFerroequinophiles adore Durango.

Yes, gold first lured Charles Baker and his prospectors into the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado in 1860, but railroads—in particular, the Denver & Rio Grande, which arrived in Durango in 1881—brought stability and prosperity to the little town along the Animas River.

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Queen of the Cowtowns

beeson-kitty-dodge-cityFew places inspired newspaper editors to wax wroth as Dodge City, once described as a “perfect paradise for gamblers, cut-throats, and girls.”

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Willcox, Arizona

western-towns_wilcox-arizonaThey say that in the 1870s, native grass grew stirrup high in Sulphur Springs Valley.

True or not, ranchers flocked to southeastern Arizona. So did rustlers, and the mountains surrounding the valley served as hideouts for many an outlaw over the years.

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Kaycee, Wyoming

Outlaw-Cave-Wild-Bunch-Middle-Fork-Powder-River-KayceeThe Old West is easy to imagine in Kaycee, tucked up in historic Johnson County in northern Wyoming.

Butch Cassidy, leader of the notorious Wild Bunch, rode in the region, often using the nearby Hole-in-the-Wall, a little west of town, as a hideout.

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