Amazing Photos From the Old Wild West

The Wild West in American history is often characterized by the western expansion of settlers to develop land west of the Mississippi River. The timeline of the Wild West, sometimes referred to as the Old West, generally begins around the time of the Louisiana Purchase (in 1803) and concludes in 1912, when the last mainland states joined the Union. But even though the expansion officially stopped, it doesn’t mean the West was truly settled by then.