Fun Facts About the American West
- The very first rodeo was in Deer Trail Colorado, in 1864 - to settle an argument over who was the best at performing everyday ranching tasks
- The Denver omelet western sandwich was a favorite among cowboys out on the trail, as it was easy to prepare and they would have had access to most of the ingredients, causing it to become a staple on their cattle drives.
- Mining is a big part of the American West’s history. The population of the West grew significantly during the gold rush years in the mid 1800’s
- The Pony Express consisted of relays of men riding horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2000-mile trail. The service opened officially on April 3, 1860, when riders left simultaneously from St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. The first westbound trip was made in 9 days and 23 hours and the eastbound journey in 11 days and 12 hours. The pony riders covered 250 miles in a 24-hour day.
- A ghost town is any historical town or site that leaves evidence of a town’s previous glory. There are hundreds of ghost towns in the West!
Click here are some fun cowboy style recipes, including:
- Chuck Wagon Brisket
- Cowboy Beans
- Old West Sourdough Biscuits
- Corn Fritters
Don’t worry, I didn’t include the recipe for Rocky Mountain Oysters!
The West was “won” in a way that was difficult for Native Americans. As such, I have chosen the following organizations that will help us all to give back: