Philadelphian Owen Wister dressed in western garb, circa 1890.
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Owen Wister wearing western wear and sitting in a chair.

Credit: Courtesy of the Owen Wister Collection, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

On the advice of his physician, Owen Wister in 1885 left Philadelphia for a ranch in Wyoming. There, Wister regained his health and became enthralled with the American West. Wister recorded his observations, stories, and anecdotes in a journal that he used to write The Virginian, the bestselling 1902 novel that initiated a genre of American westerns that continues to the present day.

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