Leading Madams of the Old West

Civil War Slang and Phrases ~ Collected slang and sayings from the American Civil War - NEW!
Horse Sense ~ Collected facts and trivia on a Western constant - the Horse
The Western Saddle ~ an illustrated overview
The Western Bridle ~ a pictorial guide
Gun Basics ~ Pieces, parts, and how they work
Victorian-era Names ~ Popular given names of the 1800's. Some are mighty different!

Evolution of American English

Old West towns

Time Line of the American West

Words of the West - A list of actual quotes from historic people in the American West

Man for Breakfast - A murdered body in the streets at dawn. Commonplace in the early days of Los Angeles and Denver.  Also used to describe certain saloons when men were killed the night before.  “Lambert’s only had two men for breakfast.”


Justins - Cowboy boots.

Groggery - A bar or saloon.


Tiger Town - Refers to an alley, street or district that had many gambling halls where Faro was played. Also referred to as "Tiger Alley."

Twisting the Tiger's Tail - Playing Faro or poker. Also referred to as "bucking the tiger."

Owl Hoot Trail - The outlaw way of life.