The attempt to place a decent historical background to a Bonanza story

The following pages try to place the background of the Cartwright family into the historical timeline in which it belongs - during the 1800s. This might be a futile endeavor for anyone merely watching the show, but the minute someone tries and write a fan fiction story, the need for a conclusive background becomes somewhat important.

The early years 1826 - 1848

The rise of the Ponderosa 1849 - 1860

The Sixties 1861 - 1864