13 Trivia Tidbits About The Wild West (They Didn’t Teach At School)

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13 Trivia Tidbits About The Wild West (They Didn’t Teach At School)

One of the Old West's greatest heroes, Buffalo Bill Cody, had a knack for foregoing. His new vulnerabilities as a guardsman as well as wild boar hunter have been chronicled in books, magazine articles, and other publications.  He even staged and recreated his escapes, launching his Wild West show in the 1800’s.

We bet you didn’t know that camels were originally planned for settling the western part of the U.S. It turns out that while the camels were effective at transportation all across the desert – one gathering even traveled 1,200 miles from Texas to just a Los Angeles observation post – the Civil War disrupted the experiment, and many of the animals were sold at auction off, eventually ended up in circus acts, mines, and rail building, while others escaped and roamed free.

Although some movie generalizations are accurate, the real Old West is differentiated throughout many ways from what you'd expect, with camels, cannibalism, and more famous people than it would be possible to count.

There’s more mind bending examples below:

In the 1880s, people in the Old West made a whole DIY telephone system. They took the barbed wire used throughout the countryside, and turned it into telephone lines (barbed wire carried a telephone signal with no problems). NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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The US government tried to introduce camels into the Wild West. The idea was that the hardy animals would help explore the frontier, but it didn't work, and fugitive camels ended up roaming the West for years. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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