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Flashcards in Terminology Of The Wild West Deck (26):
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Boot Hill

A cemetery for the desperados unfortunately slow or inaccurate with firearms

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Brand

A permanent mark of identification upon cattle to prove ownership

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Bull Dogging

Rodeo technique developed by Bill Pickett in bringing down a raging steer

4

Dawes Act

Replaced the reservation system for governing and controlling Native Americans

5

Dead Mans Hand

Full house: 3 aces and 2 eights, held by Wild Bill Hickock when he was murdered

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Dime Novel

An inexpensive fictional story about everyday life in the west

7

Exoduster

African American who went west during reconstruction era for greater freedom and opportunity

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Gone West

When you had done this you had died

9

Homesteader

Opportunistic settler who went west to live and prosper on free federal land of 160 acres

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Iron Horse

Native American term for railroads crossing the Great Plains

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Maverick

A very stubborn and contrary steer Ina cattle drive

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Morrill Act

Congressional action which created the land grant colleges

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Neck Tie Party

A social gathering in which the "guest of honor" was lynched

14

Open Range

System wherein branding cattle may graze as ones land boundaries were not fenced in

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Painted Lady

A colorful name for a female prostitute of the Wild West

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Prairie Schooner

The vehicle in which a family may travel in a wagon car

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Rodeo

A circular competition wherein cowboys would demonstrate skills with a horse and a lariat

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Rustler

A cattle thief

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Soddie

Cruel reference to a homesteader who lived in a shelter of dried mud and animal waste, not bricks or wood

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Sooner

One who cheated the night before in participating in the Oklahoma Land Rush

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Vaquero

Spanish term for cowboy

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Boom Town

Buisness town, growing city

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Assimilate

To make someone a part of something

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Ghost Town

After everything is gone from a boom town it becomes empty (or a ghost town)

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Reservation

Government program where A-A's is limited to certain land

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Vigilante

Someone who takes laws into their own hands