The transcontinental railroad's construction touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Some desired it, some built it, and some did everything in their power to stop it. Browse a photo gallery of settlers, Native Americans, and workers whose lives were affected by the railroad as it traversed the West.
In the early 1830s, Texas, ruled by Mexico, held 20,000 U.S. settlers and 4,000 Mexican Tejanos, forcing residents to pick sides.
As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her shooting feats. Part of the Wild West collection.
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.
Equipment failure, human error and bad luck led to the country's worst nuclear accident in 1979.
The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.
The ultimate frontiersman, Carson inspired popular novels before being associated with the "Long Walk" of the Navajo people.
A Utah farm boy builds a prototype for a television, but is thwarted by movie studio executives wanting to control the technology.