Listverse: 10 Astonishing Accounts Of The Old American West

10 stories of the old west that may alter your perception of how smooth the transition to our modern society. Did you know in 1826 Texas briefly was the Republic of Freedonia?  I’m of course not referring to the fictionalized country in the Marx Brothers’ movie Duck Soup! The Texan version of Freedonia having failed to take root, in 1835 the Republic of Texas was formed and remained an independent country until joining the Union in 1845.

Here’s a link to the article (where you can read the full list, including the story of blue jeans).