The arrival of the daguerreotype in the 1840s could not have come at a more fortuitous time for the American West. The camera may have missed Lewis and Clark’s explorations in the early part of the century, but it preserved many of the frontier’s countless heroes and zeroes, and the unforgiving landscapes where they forged a new world and way of life.

From these treasures, we have chosen 100 of the best historical photographs of the Old West. The journey has already started, with our Opening Shot, and continues throughout the magazine. Enjoy!

—The Editors

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