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Old 07-30-2017, 07:13 AM
 
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I was searching google for the best locations to experience the old Wild West. I came across this list, so I was curious would you add any other places to this list or is this the best I can get?

Considering AZ and Wyoming are two places I would love to visit, I'm happy to see many places on the list are in those destinations. Cody looks particularly fascinating. When I say "Wild West" I mean places where famous gunfights and battles took place between the Native Americans and Cowboys.

https://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/Th...elieve679.html
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Old 07-30-2017, 09:04 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Templeton, CA (San Luis Obispo County) has areas that have a Wild West feel. Worth a visit.
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Old 07-30-2017, 06:55 PM
 
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I would go to places like New Mexico
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:47 AM
 
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I think the Historic Old Town area of San Diego might be of interest to the OP.
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Old 07-31-2017, 03:44 PM
 
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Check out Dodge City KS and Scottsbluff NE

Dodge City CVB, KS - Attractions
https://www.nps.gov/scbl/index.htm
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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if you find yourself in Deadwood SD, it would be a shame to not take the short walk up the hill to the Mt. Moriah Cemetery and see the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_..._(South_Dakota)


truth be told, neither of the two headstones in Ft Sumner are the true burial site of Billy The Kid, his real grave was washed away in a flood many years ago.


Have sought out many graves and locations of historic events all across the West, one of my most satisfying pilgrimages was to see Doc Holliday's grave in Glenwood Springs, CO.
Doc Holliday Grave & Hiking Trail | Visit Glenwood Springs, Colorado


One of the most fascinating sites of the "Old West" I've seen if the Big Horn Battlefield in SE Montana, spent hours there exploring the many different components of the battle of which "Last Stand Hill" is just a small part of. There is an audio driving tour available (CD or downloadable mp3) that is worth taking the time to obtain and listen to as you drive from spot to spot across the several miles of terrain than encompass the park which likely is much the same as it was on the day of the "battle" and marks the high-point of the Native American resistance to the Euro invasion.
https://www.nps.gov/libi/index.htm


Another must-visit site is on the Eastern Slope of the Big Horns between Buffalo and Sheridan, Wyoming and marks the location of the greatest annihilation in the history of the US Army at the Fetterman Battlefield.
http://www.wyohistory.org/encycloped...an-battlefield
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fetterman_Fight
It was in the Army's pursuit of these Indians that eventually led to Custer's annihilation at the Little Big Horn.


One site visit that I planned and mapped for months was the actual location of the bushwhacking/murder of Pat Garret near Los Cruces, NM...it just didn't come together and I hope to yet see it before it gets developed into oblivion.
http://newmexicohistoricalmarkers.bl...istorical.html

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Old 08-01-2017, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Don't overlook the fact that the Wild West began at the Missouri River and many famous tales of gunfights and cavalry battles actually took place in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. Dodge City and Wichita KS, Scottsbluff and Omaha NE are good suggestions.

In Colorado we have the Sand Creek National Historic site, Beecher Island, and Meeker which were all significant battles between US and native forces. We have numerous other localized monuments for skirmishes and small fight.

For gold rush towns we have Central City, Georgetown, Idaho Springs, Cripple Creek, Leadville, Creede, Ouray, Silverton and many others that still retain a lot of their original architecture, museums, or galleries documenting their history. Leadville in particular saw any number of historical figures like the James Bros, the Daltons, Doc Holliday, the Earps, Texas Jack, the Guggenheims, JJ and Molly Brown, the Tabors and many others who worked, lived, and fought there for at least a short time. Leadville has only recently stopped its involvement with hard rock mining and is still a bit rough around the edges, but certainly not the large and violent place it once was. If I had to name a single place that embodies Colorado's mining past, it would be Leadville. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadville,_Colorado

Of course there are the modern ski towns that began with the gold rush such as Aspen, Telluride, Steamboat, Crested Butte, and Breckenridge. They are more modern than historic but are still surrounded by the mountains that give rise to their existence.

For supply and railroad towns we have Durango, St Elmo, Trinidad, old Colo City, Canon City, Salida, La Veta, and more that played a part in the development of the west. Most still have original buildings and heritage or museum centers. The Durango to Silverton narrow gauge railroad still operates as a tourist train now.

We also have the Ludlow Massacre site where US Forces were requested by Rockefeller concerns and the Colo Militia fired on and killed striking immigrant mine workers including women and children resulting in 30 deaths at the site and an additional 30 over the following day's skirmishes, creating probably one of the bloodiest moments for organized labor in US history.

I'd agree with others that The Little Bighorn National Monument is a must see for anyone interested in US western history and the clashes between the US military and natives.
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