In 1839, a new weapon appeared in Texas.
It was a pistol capable of firing six shots from a revolving cylinder. The pistol had been made in Paterson, New Jersey, in accordance with the patent held
Which fort of the Old West was located farthest to the southwest?
A. Fort Hays
B. Fort Yuma
D. Fort Missoula
E. Fort Leavenworth
Immigrants who settled on unoccupied land in the Old West without legal claim were ...
What is the collective name for these symbols in the Old West?
A. Running W
B. Crazy 3
C. Rocking H
D. Flying F
E. Lazy T
Most of the ghost towns of the Old West were once dependent upon ...
In 1868, a Kansas Pacific
locomotive had to wait eight hours while a herd of what kind of animals ambled across the tracks?
Two days after the first coast-to-coast telegraph line was completed in 1861, what mail
delivery service made its last trip?
In the Old West, the theft of branded livestock constituted what crime?
Davy Crockett was killed at ...
C. San Jacinto
D. San Antonio
E. San Juan Hill
Name the branch of the army in which soldiers fought while mounted on horseback.
Sod houses were most commonly built in the ...
C. Great Plains
E. Pacific Northwest
During the late 1800s, longhorns were particularly associated with which state?
The population of what future state grew from about 14,000 in 1848 to 100,000 by 1850
and to 380,000 by 1860?
Who gained his reputation as a scout?
A. Jesse James
B. William Cody
D. Andrew Jackson
E. Frederic Remington
What was completed in 1869 that took a little over three years of effort by more than
20,000 workmen across 1775 miles of mountains and plains?
What was the name of the job that occurred every spring when cowboys worked to bring
their cattle from open range to a central place for branding?
In the Old West, when a sheriff needed help to pursue a gang of criminals, he would sometimes
organize a group of townsfolk to assist him. Such a group was called a ...
What invention brought an end to the open range in the western United States?
During the 1840s in the U.S., sometimes as many as a hundred families in their prairie
schooners would travel westward in caravans. These caravans were called ...
William G. Fargo and Henry Wells developed what kind of enterprise in the Old West?
C. oil drilling
E. cattle ranching
Which cities were cattle towns?
A. Reno and Las Vegas
B. Tombstone and Yuma
Abilene and Dodge City
D. Leadville and Silverton
E. Monterey and San Luis Obispo
Of the perhaps 60 million that existed at the beginning of the 19th century, less than
one thousand of what creatures remained by 1895?
People who went to California
during the mid 19th century in search of gold were called ...
In the Old West, cowboys on a cattle drive faced the danger that the herd might be frightened
into a wild, panicked flight called a ...
The year was 1846. Eighty-nine emigrants heading for California were trapped in the Sierras by snow and were reduced through starvation to cannibalism.
What is the name for the mountain pass in which this tragedy occurred?
Geronimo was a chief of the ...
Who led the Mormons to the Great Salt Lake?
B. Brigham Young
C. Miles Standish
D. Benedict Arnold
E. Jefferson Davis
Billy the Kid was an outlaw in what state?
Prairie schooners of the American West were also known as ...
C. clipper ships
D. railroad trains
E. Conestoga wagons
Which historical site is associated with a huge gold strike?
A. the Alamo
C. Sutter's Mill
E. the Little Big Horn