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Members of the notorious Hash Knife Cowboys pose for a picture at the Fashion Saloon in Winslow, north eastern Arizona. The cowboys were initially hired to help the Aztec Land & Cattle Company look after the more than 33,000 cattle they had acquired. However, the outfit soon gained an unsavory reputation.
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A man pulls a gun at the White Dog Saloon in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1898.
The commonly-seen violence and vice of saloons helped lead to the formation of the Anti-Saloon league, which advocated for prohibition within the United States. The league was the first modern pressure group to organize around one issue.

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The Toll Gate saloon in Black Hawk, Colorado, 1897. Regulars at saloons often acquired calluses on their elbows by spending so much time leaning on the bar. Saloons did not welcome minorities into their premises - Indians were excluded by law, and a Chinese man would risk his life by entering.
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Gamblers play Faro in an Arizona saloon, 1895. Most of those men and women who left the safety and comfort of the eastern US to seek fame and fortune in the west were natural-born gamblers.Gambling was considered a profession as legitimate as law or medicine.
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