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Western surveyors on a rock outcropping

5.1 Western surveyors like those who charted a course for the transcontinental railroad Directors of the Union Pacific Railroad

5.2 Directors of the Union Pacific Railroad on a special excursion to the 100th Meridian in Nebraska Territory, October 1866
Reporters covering the Union Pacific Railroad

5.3 Reporters covering the Union Pacific Railroad excursion to the 100th Meridian in Nebraska Territory, October 1866 Central Pacific railroad workcamp

5.4 "End of the Track." A Central Pacific Railroad work camp near Humboldt River Canyon, Nevada, in 1868
Joining the rails at Promontory Point

5.5 Joining the rails at Promontory Point, Utah, to complete the transcontinental railroad, May 10, 1869 Cheyenne women dressing buffalo hides

5.6 Cheyenne women dressing buffalo hides outside their camp in 1878
Custer and Duke Alexis prepare for a buffalo hunt

5.7 George Armstrong Custer (left) and Grand Duke Alexis of Russia at the start of the duke's extravagant buffalo hunt through western Nebraska Buffalo slaughter

5.8 "Trail of the Hide Hunters." Part of the slaughter that drove the buffalo to the brink of extinction
Buffalo hides baled for shipment

5.9 Rath & Wright's buffalo hide yard in Dodge City, Kansas, 1878 Texas roundup, 1897

5.10 "Where we shine." Cowboys celebrate the end of a Texas trail drive in 1897
A Texas trail drive, c. 1910

5.11 A cowboy keeps watch over the herd on a trail drive through the Matador Range in Texas, 1910 Branding

5.12 Cowboys branding "mavericks" in the 1880s
Cowboys eating dinner on the range

5.13 Cowboys eating dinner on the range Cowboys setting out for night duty

5.14 "Second Guard." Cowboys bed down while others prepare for night duty
Hayden survey pack train in Yellowstone region

5.15 The Hayden Survey pack train on the move in the Yellowstone region in 1871. Photograph by W. H. Jackson Shoshone Falls, Idaho, in 1874

5.16 Shoshone Falls on the Snake River in Idaho. Photographed by Timothy O'Sullivan while part of the Wheeler Survey, 1874
Shoshone Canyon and Falls, Idaho

5.17 Shoshone Canyon and Falls on the Snake River, Idaho. Photographed by Timothy O'Sullivan while part of the King Survey, 1868 Canyon de Chelly, New Mexico, 1869

5.18 Canyon de Chelly, New Mexico, photographed by John Hillers while part of the Powell expedition down the Colorado, 1869
Grand Canyon, 1869

5.19 The Grand Canyon, photographed by John Hillers' assistant during the Powell expedition down the Colorado River, 1869 Ladore Canyon, 1872

5.20 "Dellenbaugh seated in the heart of Ladore Canyon on the Colorado River." Photographed by John Hillers while part of the second Powell expedition down the Colorado, 1872

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