History | 3 March 2016The Wild West in Color Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Re-explore the place where America’s legends and myths were made with The Wild West in Color. These iconic colorized photos will take you back to unexplored lands and give you a glimpse into a time in American history that inspired countless books, movies, and stories. A stunning view of Horseshoe Curve on the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad in the Harney Mountain Range near Custer City, South Dakota. (1891. John C. H. Grabill, photographer.) “The Interview.” Left to right: An interpreter, Colonel Oelrichs, Chief Standing Elk, Running Hog, and Little Wolf The Northern Cheyenne took part in the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn, and the Native American men pictured here are probably some of those who were removed to “Indian Territory” after the battle, later fled from relocation, and settled in Montana. All the “Indians” are armed, but interestingly, Little Wolf also carries a peace pipe. (July 4, 1887. John C. H. Grabill, photographer.) “Famous Battery ‘E’ of 1st Artillery. These brave men and the hotchkiss guns that big foot’s Indians thought were toys.” This battery was under the command of Captain Allyn Capron at the massacre at Wounded Knee, which took place on December 29, 1890. Much praise and acclaim were given to their Hotchkiss Mountain Guns, but the success of the weapons was somewhat embellished. By the second week of January 1891, the last campaign of the Indian Wars was over, and many units, such as Battery E, returned home. (1891. John C. H. Grabill, photographer.) Myles Walter Keogh served gallantly in many Civil War campaigns and was praised by a number of his commanders, including General George B. McClellan, commander of the Army of the Potomac. After the war, he was commissioned as a captain of the 7th Cavalry Regiment under George Armstrong Custer. He was one of the many men who died at the Battle of Little Bighorn, his body found surrounded by his comrades. This photograph was taken on a visit to the Little Bighorn battlefield that was led by Captain George Sanderson, the man standing in the foreground looking at the newly erected monument to Keogh and the 7th Cavalry. (1879. Stanley J. Morrow, photographer.) Deadwood, Daktoa Territory’s city hall was an elegant building that went up in 1889, and housed a fire department and commercial space on the first floor, a jail in the basement, and city offices upstairs. (1890. John C. H. Grabill, photographer.) The Dalton Gang was led by three brothers—Emmett “Em,” Robert “Bob,” and Gratton “Grat” Dalton—who started as lawmen, but in 1890, after being unpaid for their work, they turned their guns over to the over side, robbing banks and trains. Being outlaws ran in their blood, apparently, as their other brother, William M. “Bill” Dalton, rode with the Wild Bunch, and they were all related on their mother’s side to the Younger brothers, who rode with Jesse James. On October 5, 1892, the Dalton Gang attempted to simultaneously rob two banks in Coffeyville, Kansas. A few citizens recognized some of the gang members as they entered town, though, so the residents quietly got their guns, surrounded the banks, and greeted the robbers with a hail of gunfire. Grat and Bob were killed, but Em lived to go to trial. This classic photograph shows the deceased gang members (left to right: Bill Power, Bob Dalton, Grat Dalton, Dick Broadwell) after their robbery attempt. (October 1892, Cramers Art Rooms of Cherryvale, Kansas, publishers.) As the wealth from mining increased, so too did the need for security. Here, a Wells Fargo Express Company Deadwood treasure wagon and its guards keep watch over $250,000 in gold bullion from the Homestake Mine in Lead, South Dakota. (1890. John C. H Grabill, photographer.) Trapper and Hunter William Dove Crabtree, two of his sons, and their hunting dogs at their cabin located on Long Creek in Brown’s Basin, Arizona Territory. (January 1908. William J. Lubkin, photographer.) Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Re-explore the Wild West, where America’s legends and myths were made, for the first time with fully-colorized images by bestselling author and cinematographer, John Guntzelman. The lure of the Wild West has been a driving force in the American experience. Originally the stuff of dreams, dime novels, and Wild West shows, the fascination continued in motion pictures such as The Great Train Robbery, High Noon, The Magnificent Seven, the so-called spaghetti westerns of Clint Eastwood, and hundreds more. Whether through the appeal of wide-open spaces, the control of our own destiny, or just the desire for a better life, the Wild West still strikes a chord that resonates within. Following the Civil War and Reconstruction, the country expanded westward ready to grow–and grow it did. The evocative landscapes of these unexplored lands were recorded by a number of excellent photographers: John C. H. Grabill; Edward S. Curtis; John K. Hillers; and Timothy O’Sullivan, the famed Civil War photographer. Many of their striking images survive and continue to inspire us today. These iconic and incredibly evocative photographs from another era capture the reality and immediacy of that time and only require the careful addition of color to make them far more accessible, believable, and meaningful to present-day readers. The Wild West in Color includes over 200 of the best black-and-white photographs from that time, fully colorized to bring this lost world back to life! It offers a new glimpse into a period of the American experience that has inspired countless books, motion pictures, and stories–a time that continues to resonate and inspire us to the present day. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.