One of my favorite parts of my trip to LA, was our visit to the Autry Museum of the West.
I learned the most from the sections of the museum devoted to the real history of the West, not the TV or movie versions we grew up with. They displayed artifacts and photos from the West that painted a less glamorous and more nitty-gritty portrait of life in the old West.
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was a big part of our image of the West.
Life in the West was rugged and hard. Here are some artifacts of that life.
I found this 1915 phonograph fascinating! It apparently was used in saloons and saved the saloon keepers money on live entertainment!