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.
1881Artist Frederic Remington makes his first trip to the West.
1883Buffalo Bill Cody presents the first Wild West Show in North Platte, Nebraska.
Charles M. Russell sends his first important oil painting, Breaking Camp, to the St. Louis Exposition art show.
Remington illustrates for Harper’s Weekly.
1886-87Severe drought and dreadful winter storms cause Montana ranchers to lose up to seventy percent of their overstocked herds of cattle.
1888George Eastman perfects the Kodak hand-held camera, making amateur photography possible.