It would be the "Biggest Thing on Earth," the salvation of the common man, a dam and irrigation project that would make the desert bloom, a source of cheap power that would boost an entire region of the country. Of the many public works projects of the New Deal, Grand Coulee Dam loomed largest in America's imagination during the darkest days of the Depression. It promised to fulfill President Franklin Roosevelt's vision for a "planned promised land" where hard-working farm families would finally be free from the drought and dislocation caused by the elements.
Begun during the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad employed 20,000 men, mostly immigrants, who built the iron road with their bare hands.
The epic battle waged over dinosaur fossils by rival paleontologists in the American West.
A six-hour series on how the West was lost and won, from the Gold Rush in 1848 until Wounded Knee in 1893.
The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
The New Deal program CCC put three million young men to work in camps across America.
After 18 years of struggles, the Golden Gate Bridge opened on May 27, 1937.
Before radar had been invented a devastating hurricane hit America, surprising residents of the East Coast and killing more than 600 people.