The invention of the camera occurred around 1816, and over the decades, the way photos were taken was vastly improved. By the time the American Civil War ended in 1865, most people knew about the camera and had seen photos of not only the war, but also of themselves. Following the war, the Wild West era began, and thanks to the camera, we have some fascinating photos from this time period that are not only captivating, but also unforgettable. Here are some of our favorites:
Born in Canada, Pearl Hart was a female bandit who is known as one of the last people to ever conduct a stage coach robbery. She then escaped from prison, and lived a life on the run, which made her an instant celebrity. Hart came from a wealthy family and was well-educated, which made her choice of a life of crime puzzling. She was eventually arrested again, was eventually pardoned, and then disappeared, never to be heard of again.