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View Poll Results: Which state best represents the "Wild West"?
Washington 0 0%
Idaho 0 0%
Montana 4 5.63%
Oregon 0 0%
Wyoming 35 49.30%
California 3 4.23%
Nevada 8 11.27%
Utah 1 1.41%
Colorado 1 1.41%
Arizona 12 16.90%
New Mexico 7 9.86%
Voters: 71. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-02-2016, 12:53 PM
 
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It would depend on which area of the state one would refer to. Downtown Cheyenne Wyoming would be less wild, than, say, Modoc County California. The less densely populated an area is, and the higher the crime rate, is where I would classify in my mind "wild west".
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:56 PM
 
Location: West of the Rockies
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Utah, especially the lower income areas outside of Salt Lake City.

New Mexico

Nevada

The others are all too developed.
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Old 04-02-2016, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Miami, Floroda
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Arizona
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Old 04-02-2016, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I think of guns. Therefore, it has to be Arizona. LOL
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Old 04-02-2016, 02:21 PM
 
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Utah, especially the lower income areas outside of Salt Lake City.

New Mexico

Nevada

The others are all too developed.
Nowhere in Wyoming is developed to the level of Albuquerque, Las Vegas, or Salt Lake City. Calling Wyoming too developed is funny, it's one of the least populated states in the US.
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Old 04-02-2016, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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So it appears that people associate Wild West with rural and cowboy, and wide open spaces. Lots of states in the West fit that. Only the forested parts of the West would not... As the deserts are wide and open, and so are the plains. Obviously in a state's big city you won't see the Wild West, but in the rural or less populated counties you will. I think all of the Western states have seen the "Wild West" but in different ways. Some are more prominent than others.
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Old 04-02-2016, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Well, perhaps we need to define what exactly constitutes "wild" and what era are we are referring to.

If its just murder and mayhem, then these days, Chicago seems pretty wild, as does Detroit. If its historical context, it could be several other states. If it is just the most current cowboy-ish, then it could be an even different set.
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Old 04-02-2016, 08:10 PM
 
Location: The Dirty South.
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Texas.
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Old 04-02-2016, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I was thinking Nevada because of Sin City and Reno and the death valley, and of course the Donner Party
The Donner Party ate each other (well, some of them did that) and died in California ... near Donner Lake in Truckee, CA ..... where i began my life.
You may have assumed it was in Nevada because of the Sierra Nevada mountains which are primarily in California with only one range that is primarily in Nevada.

"The vast majority of the range lies in the state of California, although the Carson Range spur lies primarily in Nevada."
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:59 AM
 
Location: New England
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I think of Deadwood, Cowboys, ranchers, wide open spaces. Wyoming fits the bill.

I agree with everything you said, and I lived there for a while and it "felt" like the wild west. Johnson County Wars (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) the Oregon Trail going right through there. It just FELT like the wild west to me.

Having said that, Deadwood is in South Dakota.
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