Three years before the Gold Rush, 87 pioneers took a shortcut westward to California, only to get caught in the snows of the Sierra Nevada.
The remarkable story of mid-19th century ingenuity and perseverance during the laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable between North America and Europe.
The worldwide migration by eager gold-seekers turned California into a land of opportunity and fierce competition.
The Chiricahua Apache medicine man and warrior who refused to accept white man's 'civilization.' Part of The Wild West collection.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.