Straddle up, we’re in for a bumpy ride through the wild west – one of the most exciting times to be alive in all of history. It was a time of unbridled possibility, with all kinds of opportunities presenting themselves.
Many a journeyman moved to the new American frontier seeking a better life, with some ending up on the wrong side of the law to make themselves a living. Life sure was an adventure for these folks!
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Shows were a traveling troupe of performers who helped romanticize life in the American Frontier. The show included a variety of acts, including a parade, the reenactment of the incident at Warbonnet Creek, and many other acts similar to that of a circus.
Are you not entertained? Buffalo Bill is known as one of the most influential showmen of all time. His wild reputation spread through the old west like wildfire. Bill was both a scout and a bison hunter, but his real love was working his show to enthralling crowds. Pictured sitting above is Buffalo Bill himself.
The Famous Leavitt Saloon
Bob’s Saloon was a popular establishment in the early 1900s for the inhabitants of Jordan, Montana. This 1904 photo by L.A. Huffman shows a group of cowboys relaxing in front of the old saloon. Robert Leavitt, the saloon’s owner, happened to be a cowboy himself and was among the first residents to settle in Jordan.
The old west saloons offered patrons all types of entertainment such as dancing girls, card games, dice games, and even bowling. Many saloons employed piano players and put on theatrical skits to entertain customers.