The American Old West (often referred to as the Old West, Wild West or Far West) comprises the history, geography, people, lore, and cultural expression of life in the Western United States, most often referring to the period of the later half of the 19th century, between the American Civil War and the end of the century.
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- Go West, young man, and grow up with the country.
- John L. Soule, Terre Haute Express (1851)