Grand Central Terminal History
The official Web site for Grand Central Terminal presents essays on its history, as well as information about walking tours, shops, restaurants at the terminal, and more.
MTA Arts for Transit: Boris Klapwald Gallery
"Meet Me at Grand Central" is the title of photographer Boris Klapwald's evocative series of images from the early 1950s. Browse a few of these classic pictures, some of which were featured in the American Experience documentary, at this site maintained by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Grand Central Photos on Flickr
Explore thousands of self-published photographs of Grand Central taken by a host of photographers on this popular photo-sharing site.
National Park Service: The House of Vanderbilt
From the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site comes this online family history, including a description of the first Vanderbilt to invest in railroads, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, who admitted, "I have been insane on the subject of moneymaking all my life."
American Experience: Streamliners
Learn about the sleek designs and revolutionary diesel engines that made the U.S. passenger rail system the envy of the world.
The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie
This site from American Experience describes the expansion of railroads in the United States and presents a gallery of homes on New York's Millionaire's Row, including the Vanderbilt chateau.
American Experience: Transcontinental Railroad
Can't get enough train history? Trace the exploits of the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific in their race to meet up in Utah! Scout the route, see an interactive map, and learn how workers blasted through the Sierra Nevada with nitroglycerin.
Belle, John and Maxinne R. Leighton. Grand Central: Gateway to a Million Lives. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2000.
Schlichting, Kurt C. Grand Central Terminal: Railroads, Engineering, and Architecture in New York City. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.
Stanley, Ed. Grand Central Terminal: Gateway to New York City. New York: MONDO Publishing, 2003.
Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.
Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright built a flying machine that made its first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.
The impact of tuberculosis in America, once the deadliest killer in human history.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.
John Scopes' free speech trial pitted science against religion after the teacher presented Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in a Tennessee school.
The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.