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.
The Chiricahua Apache medicine man and warrior who refused to accept white man's 'civilization.' Part of The Wild West collection.
The grave truth behind modern forensics was discovered in 1920s New York.
The worldwide migration by eager gold-seekers turned California into a land of opportunity and fierce competition.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
The remarkable story of mid-19th century ingenuity and perseverance during the laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable between North America and Europe.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
The tale of oil-seeking mavericks whose risk-taking, sweat and dreams changed an American industry.
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.