The American West 150 years ago (34 images)
As I’ve mentioned previously, I love old photos. For that reason, today I’m doing two posts featuring old historical photos of the United States, the first of which is a series of photos by 1800s photographer Timothy O’Sullivan. (The second post features American Civil War photos)
This series features photos of the American West in the 1860s and 70s. It’s basically exactly how I pictured it in my head – vast, dusty, and beautiful.
There is one especially cool photo of a Spanish inscription from 1726 carved into sandstone. The inscription, for those who care, reads: By this place passed Ensign Don Joseph de Payba Basconzelos, in the year in which he held the Council of the Kingdom at his expense, on the 18th of February, in the year 1726