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Cowgirl
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You Took Your Chances Sleeping On A Public Bed
Although not every bed in the American Frontier was made from straw and hay, many of them were. Because they weren’t cleaned often, many of these beds became infested with what became known as “seam squirrels,” or lice. However, these were just one of the many types of insects that plagued those living in the Old West.

Flies were everywhere, contaminating food with their larva as well as mosquitoes making their way into poorly insulated structures. Furthermore, few people had screens on their windows, welcoming in any kind of insect that passed by.

I'd rather stay at a Best Western anytime! :sillycowboy:

I just couldn't have lived back then. Now give me the TV western, I might be able to handle that. TV sure doesn't make things a lot prettier, even in the west. (Except for Lonesome Dove)


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Posted : 27/06/2020 4:32 am
Zanza
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You Took Your Chances Sleeping On A Public Bed
Although not every bed in the American Frontier was made from straw and hay, many of them were. Because they weren’t cleaned often, many of these beds became infested with what became known as “seam squirrels,” or lice. However, these were just one of the many types of insects that plagued those living in the Old West.

Flies were everywhere, contaminating food with their larva as well as mosquitoes making their way into poorly insulated structures. Furthermore, few people had screens on their windows, welcoming in any kind of insect that passed by.

I'd rather stay at a Best Western anytime! :sillycowboy:

I just couldn't have lived back then. Now give me the TV western, I might be able to handle that. TV sure doesn't make things a lot prettier, even in the west. (Except for Lonesome Dove)

I often think of how miserable people's lives were back then, and then I think that a couple hundred years from now, people will look back at our lives and say the same thing about us. :laughingcowboy:

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