Travel Features

Robbers of the Rails

union-pacific_old-west-great-train-robberiesFace it—nothing says “Old West” quite like a good, old-fashioned, American train robbery.

The image is burned in our brains: a gang of masked men stops the locomotive, holds passengers and crew at bay with gleaming .45s, blows the express safe with some well placed explosives, then rides hell-for-leather to safety astride the best horses money can buy (or that they could steal).

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Once Upon a Time in the West

Fireworks-at-the-Strater-HotelThere isn’t one Old West, there are many, as different as the Spanish–flavored architecture of San Antonio is to the Victorian facades of Deadwood with locales as diverse as the hearty mountain settings of Meeker, Colorado, to the sun and sea washed streets of Old San Diego. The 18 hotels we’ve selected here each offer a different slice of life in the frontier West ranging from the rustic simplicity, to Gilded Age elegance of the 19th century with 21st century convenience.

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16 Historical Destinations That Will Make You Weep

Crittenden-Grave_Little-Big-HornThe American West, imagined and celebrated worldwide in art and literature, film and television, is equally a land of grace and grief. Since Columbus sailed the Atlantic, world history changed, not just in the Americas, but, around the globe, with the near immediate exchange of peoples, culture, food, precious metals, commodities, politics, religion, animals and disease.

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Treasures of the Old West

cover-photo-duton-hot-springsWhen the Spanish explored the West, they discovered numerous ruins clinging to cliff sides and mountain tops. Today, many of these ancient Puebloan communities have been lost to the vagaries of time, human depredation and looting. Yet, many of these architectural and cultural treasures have been protected, stabilized, preserved and, in some cases, restored.

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On the Trail of History


In the last decade, with the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery exploration of the West in 2004-2006, and the current sesquicentennial of the Civil War, heritage travel along historic trails throughout the United States has created a wide variety of opportunities for travelers seeking a greater understanding of life in 19th-century America.

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True West Site Guide


True West captures the spirit of the American West with authenticity, personality and humor by linking our history to our present. Whether you call it the Wild West, the Old West or the Far West, America's frontier history comes to life in True West, the world's oldest, continuously published Western Americana magazine.

Western movie fans, re-enactors, history buffs and road warriors, we got your history covered: outlaw, cowboy, Indian, lawman, gunfighter, fur trapper, miner, prospector, gambler, soldier, entertainer and pioneer. Check out these True Westerners now!

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