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American Museum of Natural History Library
Cornell University Library, Making of America Digital Collection
Denver Public Library, Western History Collection
Grand Canyon National Park Museum Collection
Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Montana Historical Society Research Center
Still Picture Records Section, National Archives at College Park
Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs,
The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Rhoda Knight Kalt
Smithsonian Institution Archives
U.S. Geological Survey
Utah State Archives
Othniel Charles Marsh papers, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library
Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
The Academy of Natural Sciences
Como Bluff, Booth Land & Livestock
Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
Dinosaur National Monument
Fossil Butte National Monument
Ghost Ranch Conference Center
Morrison Natural History Museum
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University
Julia Farwell and Walter Clay
Rhoda Knight Kalt
James E. Dunford
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It was the largest fire in American history: by the time it was all over, more than three million acres had burned and at least 78 firefighters were dead.
The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.
The Klondike Gold Rush in Canada's Yukon Territory saw 100,000 people make the treacherous journey in search of riches.
When an earthen dam broke without warning, a small city in Pennsylvania was swept away in a wall of water over 30 feet high.
High on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
Originally settled as a mail stop, Las Vegas changed from an Old West vacation town, to a mafia haven, to the "Atomic City" and "Sin City."
Begun during the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad employed 20,000 men, mostly immigrants, who built the iron road with their bare hands.
The worldwide migration by eager gold-seekers turned California into a land of opportunity and fierce competition.