St. Patrick’s Day: Remembering the Irish in the Old West

From tried-and-true cowboys to colorful adventurists and outlaws, many Irish immigrants called the Old West home. They came for many reasons ranging from pursuing opportunity to fleeing persecution. Some of their lives ended well, while others were not so lucky. Here’s a brief background on a few: Thomas Fitzpatrick: This original mountain man immigrated to the U.S. in 1810. He became part of a fur trading expedition in 1823 and learned the ins and outs of the frontier. He discovered theRead more