The real Wild West

“Between 1887 and 1892, John C.H. Grabill sent 188 photographs to the Library of Congress for copyright protection. Grabill is known as a western photographer, documenting many aspects of frontier life — hunting, mining, western town landscapes and white settlers’ relationships with Native Americans. Most of his work is centered on Deadwood in the late 1880s and 1890s.”

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Thank you to John Pollock

7 comments to The real Wild West

  • Jakkar

    Extremely handy reference material and an interesting view. Thanks, Retronaut.

  • Scott Harwood

    It’s looking at these photos and seeing that it is only just over 100 years ago and how much it has all changed in such a short time. Amazing photos

  • Nev

    Wow..just wow…I’ve always been a fan of Wild West Films and stories…this is just amazing. Thank you. :D


  • Chris

    Yes, they are extraordinary.

  • Dave

    Interesting stuff - even from my UK viewpoint. Old photographs fascinate me, especially when you can relate the scene’s appearance to what it looks like today.

  • leslie

    This is pretty cool. Im a born resident of Deadwood and its always great to see our past!

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