Prospectors who came to Helena, Montana, could be a deadly bunch. In 1867, gunfighter John Bull killed gambler-gunman Langford Peel on Helena’s Main Street (photo, 1879). Five years before, Bull had the upper hand in a gunfight with horse thieves in the mining camp of Gold Creek.
The high time of the trail drives lasted only about 20 years, from the end of the Civil War to the mid -1880's. In that brief period of time around 10 million cows walked the trails from Texas to the rail heads in Kansas and Missouri. Many of these went as far as Wyoming and even into Canada.
Biltmore Estate | May 8, 1894, about 1.5 years before the Christmas 1895 completion date requested by George Vanderbilt. Visible in the center is the blacksmith shop, with its tall smokestack. Directly behind the shop is a construction office, to its right is the masonry workshop of James Sinclair and Company. Derricks for lifting heavy material were scattered across the job site.
A tintype of a scalp-hunting frontiersman with his Colt 1860 Army. A bounty paid for a scalp depended on the victim's age and sex. That generally meant one hundred dollars for a warrior's scalp, fifty dollars for a squaw's scalp and twenty-five dollars for all children less than 14-years of age.
Wedding gown worn by Florence Foster on September 5, 1883. This dress is from Western Reserve Historical Society's special exhibit entitled "Tying the Knot: Cleveland Wedding Fashions, 1830-1980" featuring an extensive collection of wedding attire worn by Cleveland brides over the course of 150 years.