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[1012] Anonymous, Devil's Gate on the Sweetwater (1880),
courtesy of the Denver Public Library.
This classic view of Devil's Gate and the Sweetwater River in Natrona County, Wyoming, lay along the route of the Oregon Trail. This is the type of landscape that was ranched and tamed by men like Nat Love.

[1052] S. J. Morrow, Deadwood in 1876: General View of the Dakota Hillside Above (1876),
courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Still Pictures Branch.
Rapidly growing settlements sprang up as merchants supplied goods and services to miners. Saloons and gambling halls added to the largely lawless conditions found in boomtowns such as Deadwood, South Dakota.

[5296] Better Known in the Cattle Country as Deadwood Dick, by Himself (1907),
courtesy of Academic Affairs Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Nat Love, who was also known as Deadwood Dick, wrote a 1907 autobiography that recounted his post-slavery experiences as both a cowboy and a railroad worker in the Old West.

[5306] Anonymous, Nat Love (Deadwood Dick) in Pullman Porter Uniform (c. 1890s),
courtesy of Academic Affairs Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This photograph of Love was taken shortly after he began his career as a railroad porter in 1890. The image of the wild, long-haired, gun-toting cowboy was replaced with that of the clean-cut, uniform-wearing company man.

[5307] Anonymous, Deadwood Dick (Nat Love), In My Fighting Clothes (c.1870-90),
courtesy of Duke University, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.
This photo of Nat Love is from The Life and Adventures of Nat Love Better Known in the Cattle Country as Deadwood Dick by Himself. Love was one of thousands of ex-slaves who sought a new life in the West following the Civil War.

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