How tall men were in the old west
In the *old west*, that is, the Victorian era of the late 1800s, men over six feet tall were rare. Civil War military records always recorded height, weight, that sort of thing, so we have a very accurate record of how big these guys were. My Civil War ancestor, Thomas Burroughs Phillips, was 5' 7", so he was a fairly big guy. Average heights for men were from just over five feet to just under six feet. Someone who was over six feet tall, like Abraham Lincoln, would have been a giant who towered over everyone. And he did!
The most important factor, aside from genetics, in determining achieving a large size, is nutrition. America has led the way since the 1920s in providing safe, nutritious food. And it shows!
Posted by Brad Hall