The American western frontier is an interesting time and place. Pretty brutal, though less so than the big east-coast cities of the time, and many people running away from civilization to live free.It's a beautiful landscape, and there were many beautiful people out west. Emperor Norton, Mark Twain, countless indigenous tribes pushed west, the Latinos and Mexicans coming from the south.I guess it depends on what kind of story you want to tell, and then it's all down to research! Heh heh. Good luck!