Then and Now - The Old West Then and Now® (Then and Now)

By Vaughan F. Grylls

A history of pioneer life told through the ‘then and now’ format, as the American frontier was pushed West during the nineteenth century.

The Old West Then and Now hitches up its wagon and begins its epic journey in St. Louis along with many other start-points on the Mississippi/Missouri rivers, such as Minneapolis, Omaha and Kansas City. It traverses out into the Great Plains via Wichita, Dodge City, and up into the Badlands of Rapid City and Laramie.

The book criss-crosses the many routes that opened up the West for settlement, from Lewis and Clark’s expedition after the Louisiana purchase through to the opening up of the Indian Territories and Oklahoma statehood in 1907, followed by Arizona and New Mexico in 1912.


On the way we will cross the principal wagon train trails, the railroad routes that superseded them, the cattle drive routes to the railheads, the 49er and subsequent mining shanty towns, the lawless cities of frontier America and the main battle sites of the Indian Wars as well as the main Indian reservations. 


Picked up in the text will be key themes such as the 19th century ‘boosterism’ of the West as the place to ‘make good’ – precursor to the American dream – and the West’s subsequent presentation as entertainment by showmen such as Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show, which soon evolved into the Hollywood Western.

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 04 Jul 2019
Pages: 144
ISBN: 978-1-911595-96-0
Vaughan F. Grylls is an English photographer, author and artist. His photography and artworks have been shown widely in the US including a mid-career retrospective at the University of Wisconsin in 1986. He is represented in several public collections, including Polaroid Inc, Williams College Massachusetts and the British National Media Museum. Grylls has been Professor of Photography and Video at Williams College Massachusetts and visiting Professor in Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin, St Louis’s Washington University and at the University of South Dakota. He is the author and photographer of Oxford Then and Now, Cambridge Then and Now, Hong Kong Then and Now, Singapore Then and Now and Shanghai Then and Now.