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1880

Artist Charles M. Russell leaves St. Louis and travels west to Montana to work on a sheep ranch. He also meets Jake Hoover, a professional hunter.

Census totals the Fort Worth population at 6,663.

1881
Artist Frederic Remington makes his first trip to the West.
1883
Buffalo Bill Cody presents the first Wild West Show in North Platte, Nebraska.
1886

Charles M. Russell sends his first important oil painting, Breaking Camp, to the St. Louis Exposition art show.

Remington illustrates for Harper’s Weekly.

1886-87
Severe drought and dreadful winter storms cause Montana ranchers to lose up to seventy percent of their overstocked herds of cattle.
1888
George Eastman perfects the Kodak hand-held camera, making amateur photography possible.
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