Saturday, May 5, 2012

Western writer inspiration, no. 35

Here's one last omnibus of #westernwriter inspirations. Over the past 35 weeks, 245 of these old photos and illustrations from 1870-1900 have appeared here at BITS on Saturdays. My intent has been to remind western readers and writers that the frontier was not just about cowboys, outlaws, and lawmen. There are many, many stories to be told about everybody else whose lives took them or found them there. Today's set of pics is all from Canada.
Cree camp on the prairie, south of Vermilion, Alberta, Sept. 1871
Skedans, North Coast of British Columbia, 1878
Fort Garry, Manitoba, c1872
John Glenn, early settler in the area of Calgary, Alberta, c1880
First Nations people on the Nelson River, Manitoba, 1878
North West Mounted Police officers, Fort Walsh, Saskatchewan, 1878
Cabin on the Fraser, British Columbia, "The Bacon is Cooked,” c1862

Image source: Wikimedia Commons 

Coming up: Woody Harrelson, Billy Crudup, The Hi-Lo Country (1998)


  1. I went through a period when I was younger where I read numerous stories featuring Native Americans. I haven't read much of that lately but I do have several other books around here that I may have to give a try soon.

  2. No Survivors, maybe? I don't know this one. I read the amazon synopsis and it sounds kind of dark and 1950. I think you may have to read a book like that with a fresh memory of WWII, atomic weapons, and the Red Scare.