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wild west towns

20 Wild West Towns that are Still Inhabited Today — and Well Worth Visiting

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

building the transcontinental railroad

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,…

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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

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 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…

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Register Cliff: Where Pioneer Graffiti Becomes an Historic Time Capsule

Just like a large, blank building wall in an inner city tempts graffiti artists, a massive, soft sandstone…

oregon trail stories

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

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

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…

hell on wheels railroad towns

Hell on Wheels History: Rowdy Railroad Towns Across the Plains

Building the Transcontinental Railroad was one of America’s biggest triumphs. At its completion, Captain John Currier beamed: “Thus…

wyoming ghost towns

7 of Wyoming’s Best Ghost Towns to Explore Today

Wyoming’s ghost towns are relics of gold rushes – and even feature Calamity Jane. To feel the Old…

ghost towns in nevada

7 Ghost Towns in Nevada and the History Behind Their Rise and Fall

Nevada is littered with more than 600 ghost towns, a testament to the boom-and-bust cycle of the state’s…