Yes, steampunk is centered around the Victorian time period in England (19th century), but here in America, our country was the new frontier. Explorers venturing into new territory, clashing with the native populations. The industrial revolution exploded, and western expansion was made possible by the steam train.
I grew up on Westerns. Still love them. And the Western setting does play an important part in my current project, Dragonfly Warrior. To me Westerns are a wilder, grittier version of the heroic motif of the old legends (King Arthur, Beowulf, Odysseus). Good and bad are clearly defined, and many of us to love the anti-hero that Westerns popularized. And a world were lawlessness and an untamed land can be unforgiving is a wonderful setting for an adventure.
Here are some cool Western-inspired steampunk goodies:
|Steampunk on horseback|
|Steampunked Wild Bill!|
|What's a Western without a cowboy?|
|And steampunk cowgirl too!|