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How did western saloons lock up for the night?

Most saloons didn't have those butterfly doors. Those that did had proper outer doors. From Virginia City: Secrets of a Western Past. ...the butterfly doors and the orientation of the bar, ...
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Did the old-west style duels (as depicted in movies) actually occur?

Not all were that ordered, and it may have been the exception rather then the rule, but it did happen: Both men faced each other sideways in the dueling position and hesitated briefly. Then Tutt ...
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What evidence is there that Davy Crockett actually died at the Alamo?

The most reliable record is to be gained by cross-examining all the primary sources about this event and seeing where they are in unanimous agreement. This is the case when interpreting Crockett's ...
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How frequent were murders by Mormon Danites in the 1850s?

I notice that you do not cite any sources for the existence and activities of Mormon Danites, however after some research I think I can provide a reasonable answer to your questions. It seems that ...
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When did the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad connect Baltimore city to any Ohio city?

The "Ohio" in the name was about the Ohio river, not the state. The background here is that when the Erie canal was built, it became a magnet for trade. A lot of western trade on the Ohio river used ...
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Meaning of the words "Wanted Dead Or Alive"

In the USA, people acting as Bounty Hunters have been (and in some cases still are today) legally allowed to arrest fugitives who have a valid warrant out for their arrest. If said fugitive uses ...
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Antique Colt Pistol Ammunition

Since the chambering is 41 Colt, I would agree that the black powder cartridges would be appropriate. The 41 Colt was created in 1877, and as such the original specifications called for black powder ...
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Are there good examples of American frontier gangs terrorizing towns?

Lots. Probably the most famous and historically important incidents happened during the ("bleeding") Kansas border war. Congress made a deal where Kansas would be allowed to vote on whether or not ...
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When did the last (non-tourist) commercial stagecoach line run in the USA?

Homer Eon Flint (born as Homer Eon Flindt; 1888 –1924) was an American writer of pulp science fiction novels and short stories. He began working as a scenarist for silent films in 1912 (...
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How many firearms were owned by civilian population between 1836 and 1912 in USA?

There is a great paper (63 pages) where they go through how some of these numbers that you see, and how they are obtained. Basic conclusion is that there are no direct numbers for how many guns were ...
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Are there good examples of American frontier gangs terrorizing towns?

It's true that most settlers were tough, but some were tougher than others. The more legally minded among the tougher ones became sheriffs and "lawmen," while the ones with "illicit" inclinations ...
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Who kept official records in 19th century America?

Priests and ministers of most Christian denominations kept records of baptisms, which often mentioned the birth date, marriages, and burials, which often mentioned the death date. Counties kept ...
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When did the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad connect Baltimore city to any Ohio city?

You've accepted an answer, but I thought I'd try to answer the literal interpretation of your question. As T.E.D. stated, the railroad reached Wheeling, (later West) Virginia in 1853. However, there ...
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What was the process to claim ownership of unclaimed land in the old West

If there were natives using or claiming the valley that wouldn't be something to brush off as unimportant. If the US government had a treaty or agreement with the natives recognizing that the land ...
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When did Americans become safe from highway robbery?

It used to be called: "Auto Banditry." You will find more information under that term. Source: my reprobate Grandmother's prison record of 1942, in Illinois. In more modern times it was called "...
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Why were there so many known (and caught) stage coach robbers?

For one, killing people goes against people's conscience; people don't typically kill just for the sake of it. The witness is stranded on the road side and all he can say is he saw someone in a mask. ...
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