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

April 26, 2024

Last Portrait Taken Of General George Armstrong Custer

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.

(The Old West In Living Color)

Born in Ohio in 1839 and graduated from West Point in 1861, George Armstrong Custer quickly distinguished himself as a fearless leader during the Civil War, rising to the rank of brigadier general at the age of 23. After the war, Custer served on the western frontier, where he earned a reputation as a fierce and daring fighter. Custer is perhaps best known for his final battle at Little Bighorn, where he and his troops were overwhelmed by a force of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. The battle, also known as Custer's Last Stand, has become a symbol of the conflict between Native Americans and the U.S. government.

A King Of The Plains, Circa 1898


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.