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20 Photos from the Old West that Put the 2010’s Decade in Perspective


20 Photos from the Old West that Put the 2010’s Decade in Perspective

Is life more difficult today, or more easy? Do the consequences of the ease at which we acquire sustenance and live our lives outweigh the dangers of the old world?

Here are 20 photos that might put in perspective where we’re at here at the end of the 2010’s decade.

In this photo, General George Armstrong Custer led some soldiers. The man was a factor in the total takeover of Native American lands, participating in the Battle of Bull Run, and stealing land in Black Hills, North Dakota that was falsely promised to the Native Americans. To say the least, he’s chalked up as a hero, but his legacy is that of a conqueror, which is no better than any average criminal or murderer if it is aggression and not self defense.

This is an early automobile, surrounded by rich people in their mercury-tainted fancy top hats. See the sternness in their demeanor? Sure it was more focused and strong than men today, but is it what life is really about? Strong men existed back then who weren’t cold and heartless like these industrial magnates.

This is an old photo of a donkey. Donkeys were used for much of the same purposes as horses and mules, it’s incredible how nature has animals that work in perfect symbiotic relationships with us. In battles with Native Americans which shouldn’t have happened, the 10th Infantry Company moved supply wagons across the Gila River near San Carlos, Arizona using donkeys.

Today, donkeys look more like this.

In this photo, one can see train tracks around the outside of a Clifton, Arizona copper mine. 24/7, people worked to retrieve copper ore from this mine. They say the wild West was tamed by the steam engine, allowing needed supplies to move back and forth, and products to ship to the East Coast.

This was a wild west lawyer’s office. Lawyers would assist in more practical matters than perhaps they do today, involving business transactions, the sale or property, and official documentation of things that need to be written in stone so to speak.

These are Civil War veterans in a parade on the 4th of July, 1880 in Ortonville, Minnesota.

This is a good ole’ pack mule, once the most valued “work truck” of an American settler. These are barrels of vitally important flour attached to the animal, very important for basic survival.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if the majestic buffalo still roamed the lands today? There are very few left today, but the Native Americans used to treat them with greater respect as they roam nearly the entire North American continent.

Brigadier General Nelson A. Miles was at it like the rest of them in this photo, battling Native Americans. They were conducting surveillance in this photo.

Welcome to 1882, Oregon. Here, you could have your horse’ hooves measured by a blacksmith, who would proceed to fit your animal with a set of shoes and nails. Your horse would be granted a nice meal while the job was done and the equipment was installed.

These are two trains that almost crashed into each other. Look to the left, they’re about to intersect. It must have been really dangerous and difficult to get these powerful locomotives to stop.

This might as well be a photo from the Holocaust. The Native Americans here are being forcibly taken somewhere else. Who know what became of these people and their children.

These boys ain’t playin’ when it comes to catching fish. There’s literally no room for the fish to not be caught.

This is a group of cowboys posing for a photo in the newspaper. This was in front of a barn in Holbrook, Arizona where they herded some cattle. Cattle herding was actually so difficult, it required some people somewhere below the age of the early 20’s.

Imagine how much stronger people must have been back then. These men are carrying a flatbed truck version of a wheelbarrow, pushing bricks for the McDonald’s Brick Factory (not the fast food chain).

This man is playing poker after what can only be assumed was a hard day of work to build his own house.

During a hard day of work, these men are sitting together just eating lunch.

At the Idaho Geological Site in 1868, Clarence King’s expedition team took this photo of the Shoshone Canyon and falls, the first time Western people had seen it.

This a photo of some wild west hunters from Boulder, Colorado.

(Image credit: weekendcowgirl, swampstyle, golferstoday)

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Mark Radcliff is a researcher and writer from New York. His topics of interest include mapping out the world's nefarious powers and entities, DARPA, technocracy, and others.

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