Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West

Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West

Jacob Miller - October 29, 2017

In the 19th century, manifest destiny was a widely held belief in the United States that its settlers were destined to expand across North America.

The manifest destiny belief was comprised of three basic tenants: the special virtues of the American people and their institutions, the mission of the United States to redeem and remake the west in the image of a domesticated America, a destiny to accomplish this duty.

Newspaper editor John O’Sullivan is credited with coining the term manifest destiny in 1845 to describe the essence of this American mindset. The term was used by Democrats in the 1840s to justify the war with Mexico and it was used to divide half of Oregon with the United Kingdom.

The day before finalizing the wording of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail “I am apt to believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forevermore.”

Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Doc Holliday, Gambler, Gunfighter, Dentist. Wikimedia Commons
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Timothy O’Sullivan Photo of Native Americans. Wikimedia Commons
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
John H.C. Grabill Photo of the Deadwood Coach. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
The Only Authenticated Picture of Billy the Kid, C. 1879. Ben Wiitck
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Wyatt Earp, C. 1887. Wikimedia Commons
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Two Barmen Tend to An Old West Saloon. Pinterest
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Sioux Indian Teepees. Pinterest
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Raising The Stakes In A Gambling Hall Poker Game. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Alfred A. Hart Photo of Indian in the Palisades. Reddit
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Timothy O’Sullivan 1873 Photo of Navajo Indians Near Fort Defiance. Wikimedia Commons
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
1871 Photo of Timothy O’Sullivan with Wheeler Survey and Native Americans. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Ox Teams at Sturgis. John C. H. Grabill
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Johnny Ringo, outlaw. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Ike Clanton, Outlaw. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show Comes Through Town. Pinterest
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Morgan Earp, Deputy. Pinterest
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
John H.C. Grabill 1889 Photo of a Montana Mine. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
A Young Jesse James. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Chinese Railroad Workers Pause During Construction. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Buffalo Soldier, Colorado, 1890. Wikimedia Commons
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Timothy O’Sullivan 1873 Photo of Canyon De Chelly in Arizona. Wikimedia Commons
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Several Teepees In View Of Two Large Homes In Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
John H.C. Grabill 1891 Photo of Villa of Brule. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Public Domain
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Nicholas and Virginia Earp, Parents of Wyatt Earp. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Texas Jack Vermillion, Gunfighter. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Timothy O’Sullivan 1868 Photo of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. Public Domain
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Louisa Earp, Morgan Earp’s Wife. Wikimedia Commons
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Virgil Earp, Age 19. Ranker

Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Timothy O’Sullivan Photo of Railroad Tracks. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Timothy O’Sullivan 1873 Photo of Black Canyon on the Colorado River. Public Domain
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Cowgirls Assemble In Front Of A Watering Hole. Tumblr
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Timothy O’Sullivan 1871 Photo of the Colorado River. Public Domain
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Storefronts in a small Western town. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Timothy O’Sullivan Photo of a Mountain Pass. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Timothy O’Sullivan 1874 Photo of Shoshone Falls. Wikimedia Commons
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Timothy H. O‚Sullivan 1868 Photo of Dune de sables, Carson Desert, Nevada. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Big Nose Kate, Prostitute, Doc Holliday’s Wife. Public Domain
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Mattie Blaylock, Wyatt Earp’s Wife. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Timothy O’Sullivan Photo of the Pyramid and Domes at Pyramid Lake, Nevada. Public Domain
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
View From The Mountaintop In Colorado’s Browns Park. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
William Curly Bill Brocius, Gunman, Rustler, Outlaw Cowboy. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Public Execution of Horse Thieves. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Timothy O’Sullivan Photo of Gold Hill, Nevada. Public Domain
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Henry Clay Hooker, Rancher. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
A Marching Band Plays Along A Parade Route, 1888. Public Domain
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
A. J. McDonald 1886 Photo of Apache Indian Prisoners. Public Domain
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Arizona Charlie Meadows used to demonstrate his marksmanship on the stage of his theatre in Dawson – until he shot off the end of one of his wife’s fingers. Pinterest
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Blocks Of Land Along The Main Drag Are Sold For $750 A Lot. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Dawson City 1897. Pinterest
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Dawson City and Midnight Dome – 1898. summitpost
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Dawson City Yukon Archives: E.O. Hegg, 1899
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Klondike mining camp. wikimedia
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Klondikers and Indian packers near Stone House, Chilkoot Trail, Alaska, 1897. Pintrest
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Looking Down On The Population of Lead City. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Miss Gracie Robinson, Dawson, Yukon Territory, ca. 1898. University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Prospectors on Dyea Wharf surrounded by supplies required for the trek to the gold fields date ca 1899. yukon archives
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Settlers bound for the Klondike, 1897. Encyclopedia Britannica
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Sparse Settlements In Galena, South Dakota. Ranker
Photos Documenting the Settling of the Wild West
Two Alaskan beauties show off their wares for the cameras. Women heading for Dawson City. Pinterest

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