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AfriGeneas Western Frontier Forum

Re: And just a few more...
In Response To: And just a few more... ()

Sharon,

You wrote:

"Gee Bennie, how could you forget the camp followers? Bootleggers, Ladies of the Evening, and gamblers."

The following will be of interest:

Article from Wild West Magazine and TheHistoryNet

No Sure Bet: Gambling on the Frontier

Recreation in the Old West oftentimes meant betting on the turn of a deck of cards. But for many colorful Westerners, gambling was a serious, sometimes deadly, business.

By R.K. DeArment

As towns sprouted in the 19th-century American West -- outside Army forts, at river crossings along wagon trails, in mining districts and at railheads -- some of the first structures built were recreational facilities. Recreation for the almost totally male population inevitably meant the triple-W vices of the frontier: whiskey-drinking, whoring and wagering.

COMPLETE TEXT at:

http://www.historynet.com/we/blgamblingonfrontier/

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