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American frontier: The Chrisman Sisters on a claim in Goheen settlement on Lieban (Lillian) Creek, Custer County, 1886 Daughters of ranchman Joseph M. Chrisman, left to right: Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie and Ruth.

The Butcher family arrived in Nebraska in time to experience the hard winter of 1880 to 1881. Blizzards often struck without warning, catching people out on the prairie. Those lucky enough to be home, like this family shown here in Cherry County, often brought their horses or cows into their sod homes so the animals would not freeze.

Wyatt Earp in 1923, age 75

New Oldsmobile, Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C

June 25, 1876: Battle of the Little Bighorn and death of Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer. photo: Custer Expedition, 1874: Bloody Knife (guide), General Custer, Private Noonen, and Colonel Ludlow, with grizzly killed by Custer; near Custer Peak (South Dakota); NYHS image #79125d.

Love the old house

by Gertrude Kasebier

On the Oregon Trail, heading west to the "land of promise." This photographer is unknown, but it was pioneers like these who, starting in 1841, crossed the Nebraska plains.

From a collection of black & white photos of American Pioneers. Date/Location unknown.

1890s Fraternity Hall, American frontier architecture preserved at Elkhorn State Park, Montana, USA


A Muffin Man, c.1910, London~ Victorian/Edwardian households had many fresh foods delivered; muffins would be delivered door-to-door by a muffin man.The "muffin" in question was the bread product known in the U.S.A. as English muffins,not the much sweeter cupcake-shaped American variety."Have you seen the muffin man, the muffin man.Have you seen the muffin man who lives down Drury Lane." "The Muffin Man" is a traditional nursery rhyme & children's song.Drury Lane is a thoroughfare in Westmin...

women of the west standing next to a mud house (sod home), with which every settler used to build their homes, since there was no trees with which to build homes on the prairie. Biddy Craft

This photo was published in 1906 in The Canadian Magazine (Toronto, Volume 26, page 131) with this description: Settlers from the United States crossing the western prairies, heading for the wheat fields. Saskatchewan Archives Board R-B9806/Library and Archives Canada C11553

When slavery was legally abolished, the Slave Codes were rewritten as the Black Codes, a series of laws criminalizing legal activity for African Americans. Through the enforcement of these laws, acts such as standing in one area of town or walking at night, for example, became the criminal acts of “loitering” or “breaking curfew” for which African Americans were imprisoned.

Prairie Settlement | Pioneers Miss Mary Longfellow holding down a claim west of Broken Bow, Nebraska, undated Photographer's note: "Miss Longfellow was a very talented young lady and one of the early teachers of Custer County." (nbhips 10005)

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pioneers of oklahoma territory...

"In 1906, a massive magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured the entire San Andreas Fault in Northern California." A tear in the earth.

Custer and his Calvary and Wagons crossing Dakota