The photo you see before you is a photograph of the Dakota Territory, which is now North and South Dakota. The photo also shows General Custer’s men crossing the plains.
If you don’t remember your history lessons back in school, General Custer was an officer of the United States Army during the Indian and Civil wars.
Wheeler Survey Group
The happy-looking people in this photo were called the Wheeler Survey Group. These guys were led by Captain George Montague Wheeler, who was on an expedition to survey the Western United States.
Their expedition led to the creation of topographic maps of the Southwest, from 1869 to 1879.
The old west was filled with Prostitutes and elite madams. In fact, some of them were so successful and popular among the crowd, that they ended up becoming millionaires.
Despite the harsh conditions they had to endure, these women came from all parts of the world to do what they are known for.
Billy the Kid
Now, we go to the old west’s favorite outlaw, Billy the Kid. He wasn't always named Billy the Kid. His real name was Henry McCarty.
In case you were wondering why he became so famous, he was known for having killed at least 8 men at a young age, and was one of the notorious gunfighters during that time.
The Native American man that we see in the photo is named Maiman. He was a Mojave Native and worked as a guide-interpreter in the 19th century, especially during the 1870s in Colorado.
Maiman would help Photographer Timothy O’Sullivan would help find some of the best locations for taking beautiful photographs.