The Real Wild West: A Photographic Exploration of its Untold Stories

April 12, 2024

A King Of The Plains, Circa 1898

History books tell us a simple story about the old west. There are tales of cowboys, Native Americans, and law west of the Pecos... but it's not the whole story. These beautifully colorized photos tell the real story about the wild west.

These snapshots of gunslingers, lawmen, and '49ers on the search for gold will show you what the history books never could. Look closer... in each photo you'll find an entire life story full of ups and downs.

Each rare, colorized photo collected here has the ability to transport you back to one of the most beloved eras of America... when the west was still being won. Keep searching and discover the true story of the old west.


This fine cowboy is a piece of art first produced for a postcard in the late 1800's. Cowboys like this one have long been a popular subject in art, capturing the imaginations of artists throughout America. One of the earliest depictions of cowboys in art can be found in the work of Frederic Remington, a renowned artist who specialized in capturing the rugged, adventurous spirit of the American West. His iconic sculptures and paintings of cowboys on horseback, often engaged in dangerous activities like roping or hunting, helped to define the image of the cowboy in popular culture. Other notable cowboy artists include Charles M. Russell, who also created realistic portrayals of cowboys and their day-to-day lives, and Georgia O'Keeffe, who took a more abstract approach to capturing the essence of the West.

Brow's Palace

(The Old West In Living Color)

Known as Robert Brow's Palace Saloon, or simply "The Palace", this Prescott, AZ restaurant has been a staple of the Wild West for well over a century. It was first established in the late 1800s, during the height of the Wild West era. As a hub for cowboys, miners, and travelers, it quickly became known as a place where one could find good food, great drinks, and lively entertainment. And it wasn't long before the Palace became a favorite haunt of many famous Wild West personalities, such as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. When it was burned down in 1833, Robert Brow wasn't deterred, but rebuilt it bigger and grander - and so it remains till this day. For those who love the history, culture, and adventure of the Wild West, the Palace Restaurant and Saloon is a must-visit destination.