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Chisholm Trail history
Places

How the Chisholm Trail Became the West’s Greatest Cattle Route

The Chisholm Trail is renowned for cattle, cowboys, chuck wagons, and nearly everything iconic about the Old West.…

fort bridger wyoming
Places

9 Reasons Why Fort Bridger was the Worst Fort on the Oregon Trail

Between the early 1840s and the end of the 1860s, more than 400,000 settlers traversed the 2,170-mile Oregon…

lost treasures in oregon
Lost Mines & Treasure

7 Tantalizing Stories of Lost Treasure in Oregon

Even if all you had to go on was what you learned in movies, you probably know that…

native american symbols
Places

10 Places to See Native American Pictographs & Petroglyphs in the West

Humans have been creating rock art since paleolithic times. The oldest known of which (so far) is cave…

wild west towns
Ghost Towns

20 Wild West Towns Where You Can Still Experience the Frontier

When it comes to Old West towns, most people think of empty dirt streets filled with tumbleweeds and…

building the transcontinental railroad
History

17 Epic Facts about the Transcontinental Railroad

When the Golden Spike connected Central Pacific and Union Pacific rails at Promontory Summit, Utah, in May 1869,…

long branch saloon
Places

10 Interesting Facts About Long Branch Saloon, Dodge City’s Infamous Watering Hole

Fans of the television show Gunsmoke may have fond memories of the Long Branch, Dodge City, Kansass lively…

california ghost towns
Ghost Towns

7 California Ghost Towns that Capture the Golden State’s Rich Mining History

These seven ghost towns in California show glimpses of just how the ’49ers lived in their pursuit of…

lost treasure california
Lost Mines & Treasure

Lost Treasure in California: True Stories of the Golden State’s Hidden Riches

From buried caches of gold to sunken treasure, California is a bona fide hot spot for hidden treasures…

oregon trail stories
Places

Oregon Trail Stories: True & Inspiring Tales of Prairie Pioneers

Overland pioneer stories are everywhere. There are thousands pooled in the ruts of the Oregon Trail slicing through…

daily life on the oregon trail
Places

Daily Life on the Oregon Trail: What it Was Really Like

When was the last time your daily routine included helping an ox with his snot-rag or filtering your…

oregon trail landmarks
Places

16 Iconic Landmarks on the Oregon Trail

The many forts, rocks, springs and other landmarks along the Oregon Trail kept settlers from losing not just…