It would be the "Biggest Thing on Earth," the salvation of the common man, a dam and irrigation project that would make the desert bloom, a source of cheap power that would boost an entire region of the country. Of the many public works projects of the New Deal, Grand Coulee Dam loomed largest in America's imagination during the darkest days of the Depression. It promised to fulfill President Franklin Roosevelt's vision for a "planned promised land" where hard-working farm families would finally be free from the drought and dislocation caused by the elements.
It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.
The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.
The journey of Prince Maximilian, German naturalist, and artist Karl Bodmer, who explored the Mississippi River area from 1832-1834.
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.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
George Eastman introduced the Kodak and Brownie camera systems and transformed photography into something anybody could do.
The New Deal program CCC put three million young men to work in camps across America.