The Wild West – where cowboys fought with Native Americans – has been a central part of American culture for well over a century. The constructs of Hollywood and TV have, however, shaped our perceptions of it. Still, these 20 remarkable, and rarely seen, images reveal just how wild the West really was.

40. Death Valley

Gold hunters, on their way to California from the east, gave Death Valley its name in 1849. Back then, the Californian Gold Rush was at its height, and prospectors were willing to cross landscapes as deadly and barren as this to make their fortunes.

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