Written, Produced and Directed by
Director of Photography
Grip and Electric
Paul Stapleton Smith
Field Production Assistant
Jeff Sias & Bryan Papciak, Handcranked Productions
Cultural Center de Mesilla
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Ellis Store, Lincoln, NM
La Posada Resort & Spa
Lincoln State Monument
Old Tucson Studios
The Shelbourne Dublin
Richard Fairbanks, Pharoah Editorial
John Dowdell, Goldcrest Post
Office Production Assistant
Archival Materials Courtesy of
The Art Archive
Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
California History Room, California State Library, Sacramento, California
Carleton College Library
Denver Public Library, Western History Collection
Farmington Museum Collection
Haley Memorial Library
The Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Kansas State Historical Society
Library of Congress
Seaver Center for Western History Research, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History
Shades of L.A. Collection, Los Angeles Public Library
Robert G. McCubbin
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Nebraska State Historical Society
New Mexico State University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA)
Rio Blanco County Historical Society
Stanford University Libraries
University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries
The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
Yale Collection of Western America, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
David and Jinny Vigil
Marketing & Publicity
James E. Dunford
An Ark Media and John Maggio Productions film for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
WGBH Educational Foundation
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Head of the most powerful family in America, billionaire John D. Rockefeller's vast philanthropy changed his family's reputation.
The founding father laid the groundwork for the nation's modern economy, including the banking system and Wall Street.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
John Wesley Powell's epic journey into the unknown Grand Canyon was filled with adventure as his team mapped the Colorado River for the first time.
Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
The Last Stand, the final act of General George Custer's larger-than-life career, played out on a grand stage with a spellbound public engrossed in the drama. Part of the Wild West collection.
Three years before the Gold Rush, 87 pioneers took a shortcut westward to California, only to get caught in the snows of the Sierra Nevada.