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Tomenable
03-21-2022, 12:17 PM
I consider the territory marked here with yellow color - GROUP 4 - as states of the Wild West:
(some transitional features of the Wild West existed also in states marked with yellow dots)

https://i.imgur.com/JnsmhAh.png

^^^
Non-Native population of the 15 states which I classified as the "Wild West" in year 1840:

Arizona - 2000
Colorado - 800
North Dakota - 720
Oregon - 446
Kansas - 400
Minnesota - 341
Montana - 300
Idaho - 300
South Dakota - 200
Utah - 100
Nebraska - 100
Wyoming - 100
Washington - 0
Nevada - 0
Oklahoma - 0 -------- [although this might be wrong, there could be few whites living there]

TOTAL - 5807 settlers

And the year-by-year total size of settler population (non-Native population) in 15 states which I defined as the Wild West above (these 15 states are Oregon, Utah, Minnesota, Washington, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, South Dakota, Wyoming, North Dakota, Oklahoma):

1840 - 5807
1841 - 6328
1842 - 7246
1843 - 8767
1844 - 10288
1845 - 13449
1846 - 16130 ---------- in this year Oregon reached >5000 settlers
1847 - 19661
1848 - 25339
1849 - 31509 ---------- in this year Utah reached >5000 settlers
1850 - 38640 ---------- in this year Minnesota reached >5000 settlers
1851 - 64457
1852 - 90730
1853 - 117003
1854 - 143179 ---------- in this year Washington reached >5000 settlers
1855 - 188352 ---------- in this year Kansas reached >5000 settlers (just 5 years later, in 1860, it surpassed 100,000 settlers)
1856 - 238133 ---------- in this year Nebraska reached >5000 settlers
1857 - 286124
1858 - 334465 ---------- in this year Nevada reached >5000 settlers
1859 - 408056 ---------- in this year Colorado reached >5000 settlers
1860 - 463728
1861 - 531381
1862 - 616309 ---------- in this year Idaho reached >5000 settlers
1863 - 701201 ---------- in this year Montana reached >5000 settlers
1864 - 776213 ---------- in this year Arizona reached >5000 settlers
1865 - 848559 ---------- in this year South Dakota reached >5000 settlers
1866 - 920621
1867 - 992687
1868 - 1095974 ---------- in this year Wyoming reached >5000 settlers
1869 - 1187820
1870 - 1279668
1871 - 1465624
1872 - 1653310 ---------- in this year North Dakota reached >5000 settlers
1873 - 1840131
1874 - 2026952
1875 - 2213773
1876 - 2400594
1877 - 2587415
1878 - 2774236
1879 - 2961057
1880 - 3147886
1881 - 3440018
1882 - 3732150
1883 - 4024282
1884 - 4316414
1885 - 4608546
1886 - 4900678
1887 - 5192810
1888 - 5484942
1889 - 5876574 ---------- in this year Oklahoma reached >5000 settlers
1890 - 6327876
1891 - 6516115
1892 - 6704354
1893 - 6892593
1894 - 7080832
1895 - 7269071
1896 - 7457310
1897 - 7645549
1898 - 7833788
1899 - 8022027
1900 - 8210282

As you can see in 1840 this entire huge area - 3,492,673 square kilometers - had only 5807 white and black people living there. But already in the 1840s the population was rising rapidly. So I would designate 1840 as the starting year of colonisation there.

This video claims the "Wild West" was settled between 1853 and 1890, but the data I posted shows that it started in the 1840s:
(although 1853 was indeed the year when the total colonial population of the "Wild West" reached the 100,000 landmark value)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB6ouwJq5vE