The Old West is not what Hollywood and some History
Courses make it out
to be. The West of the 1800's
was a mixture of people, Lawyers, Doctors,
Accountants, Mountain Men, Bakers, Cooks,
etc. For whatever reason they
left the east to travel west, they all
had one thing in common, they wanted
to be free, free of that present society,
to explore new lands.
The west did not tolerate laziness,
or weakness. If you could not conform to the
land, the west had a way of weeding
the weak and lazy out, be it by death, or
being run out.
The Indians were the most misunderstood
nation of people in the west. The
whites called them savages because
they did not understand the way of the
Indian. The whites
could not comprehend the Indian way of Life. They
were not savages, they were the
best guirilla fighting force the world has
ever seen. They respected
bravery and courage, not weakness and
The Bad Man was not
necessarily a bad man. He was a generally
not a trouble hunter or maker,
but he was somebody not to be
messed with, he was a bad man
to get into a fight with.
The Gunfighter. The gunfighter
was not generally an outlaw.
These were men who had a natural
skill with a pistol, their
hand-eye coordination was superb
and they are capable of
out-drawing the average gunhand.
They were not trouble
makers and most were not braggarts.
They got their
reputations from greenhorns thinking
they could out draw
them and were usually pushed
into a fight.