It was at the end of the nineteenth century that the worldwide romance with the American West first got off the ground. This happened because, even as the earliest settlers were making their way here, the dramatic scenery of the region was attracting artists, particularly photographers and painters. These artists recorded the people and places in the West and then had their images published in magazines, books and portfolios. Those incredible pictures of the rugged scenery then attracted more settlers to the area, especially with the coming of the railroads in the 1860s and 1870s. By the early twentieth century, it was very easy to get here by train, and as a result, thousands did. In only fifty years, the West had gone from a wild frontier to a... More >>>
"River and Rapids," by F. J. Haynes, albumen print.