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Monument Valley by John Fowler

The Wild West

Monument Valley by John Fowler Creative Commons Attribution

Few places hold the nostalgic wonder of the American frontier - a land where cowboys roamed the endless range keeping their cattle, but really in search of the elusive horizon. Perhaps it is this now-mythical land of freedom from fences that gives the Old West its allure. Or maybe it is the legends of holster-savvy sheriffs who kept the peace while masked outlaws robbed trains full of fortune-seekers headed for gold-laden hills. Though disappearing by the day, it is still possible to seek out a piece of this 19th century American lore by venturing west of the Mississippi River, where dude ranches still dot the Wyoming plains and rodeos are a regular occurrence.