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What would most likely be your occupation in life if you lived during the Wild West era?

Asked by mazingerz88 (24702points) 1 week ago

How do you think you would have fared in life in general?

Here is a link describing that period in American history.

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ucme's avatar

A medic only employed at christmas time.
Yes, that’s right…Doc Holliday.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I’m not bad on horseback and am a good shot as well but being a woman might have limited my opportunities to shoot disobedient horses. ;)

josie's avatar

Wyatt Earp

mazingerz88's avatar

^^You’re that good huh? : )

cookieman's avatar

Shop Keeper

RedDeerGuy1's avatar


ragingloli's avatar

The saloon slag.

janbb's avatar

Packhorse librarian

gondwanalon's avatar

Mule skinner.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Sheriff. Or maybe saloonkeeper.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

A great-great-grandfather of mine was a trader on the Santa Fe Trail. It was the route from Missouri to New Mexico before the railroads, and he had a store to supply the travelers.

I might work at something like that while young and then become a surveyor or newspaper publisher and printer.

kritiper's avatar


Dutchess_lll's avatar

Saloon girl.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Carpenter most likely.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Realistically, I could be a teacher and starving in the West because not many people cared that much for education but at least I would be honored as the most intelligent person there :D

I would prefer to be a sheriff though. Maintaining the peace and having a chance to shoot people without worrying about morality :D

JLeslie's avatar

I think I would own a general store or work in one.

I like the idea of owning an Inn also, but maybe it would make me nervous too.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Yeah. Teacher before I got married. Married women were not allowed to be teachers because being married meant you were having sex. Bad example for the kids.
Then, hopefully, find a man to marry and settle in to tending children and a garden and whateve.

Demosthenes's avatar

I’d be a gay cowboy (a la Brokeback Mountain).

But seriously, I don’t know that I would’ve fared all that well. I have a cushy lifestyle and I’m accustomed to it. But I am descended from people who settled the West in the mid-1800s, so maybe a small part of that is in my blood.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

We would be friends @Demosthenes.

Jeruba's avatar

I guess maybe a schoolteacher, although I think it’d be more fun to work on a frontier newspaper. I can half imagine, though, being a seamstress with a dress shop.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Demosthenes at best, you would find like-minded people and became an infamous outlaw. At worst, people would see you as evil and shoot you to dead.

Brian1946's avatar

I was a communications tech for AT&T, for 35 years.

I could be a telegraph tech or system installer.

If I was working from 1877 to whenever, I could be working for AG Bell, the inventor of telecommunications. However, I’d probably be working in or near Boston, MA.

YARNLADY's avatar

Probably a cook.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’d be an inventor of some sort. My barn would be a Steampunker’s paradise.

I might even come up with something cool like electricity or radio.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Brian you could make my job communicating with my witnesses much easier :D

Brian1946's avatar


Ah think yo multilingual talents would also be mighty fine assits, Sheriff ‘shu. ;p

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