The Mission Dolores in San Francisco has stories to tell
The Geurnsey Ruts, Oregon Trail wagon ruts carved four feet into solid rock
Oregon Trail ruts merge together at Scottsbluff
This fire tower called "The Guardian of the Gulch" was built in 1874 to protect Helena's residents and wooden structures
History Rock, in Hyalite Canyon, south of Bozeman, Montana
Ironically, one of the first shipwrecks was a navy sloop, which was mapping the harbor entrance so ships could enter safely.
Although Oregon was the destination to begin with, Jonathan and Elmira fell in love with the Helena Valley.
The mural on the outside of the Astoria Column shows a snapshot of the area's history from about 1792 to 1893.
The team happened upon a bluff, now known as Clark’s Lookout.
The Goodsell Observatory was directly responsible for numerous trains getting side-tracked!
“It ought to be plain how little you gain by getting excited and vexed. You'll always be late for the previous train, and always on time for the next.” ~~ Piet Hein
See the gnarled rock on top? That’s where the ground used to be.
The (almost) universal practice along the Oregon Trail was to bury the dead in unmarked graves. Rebecca Winters was the exception.
Astoria’s lovely sidewalk décor is also functional.
"Hear the Falls of Minnehaha; Calling to me from a distance!" ~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The mounds are placed on the very edge of the highest point of the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River valley.
You can visit this cabin because ol' Sanford Cady built it to last.
This register has been (mostly) exfoliated.
How the U.S. Army and the British Royal Navy came oh-so-close to bullets flying because of a pig and a few potatoes ...
Where two brothers didn't quite make it home, but lived to tell about it ... sharing three scars between them from one of the arrows.
Here's a dash of overconfidence: "But in the hands of skillfull riflemen they are by no means as formidable or dangerous as they have been represented."
If you step into the ditch right here, you're standing exactly where every wagon that used this pass, passed. Not to mention, the pony express ponies.
You will have achieved a milestone if you learn how people would have used the milestone.
Swede Hollow Park, where a town hid inside a city for 100 years!
Willa Cather. She had a way with words.
According to legend and Nehemias Tjernagel, it was during the 'stilts' craze of (about) 1870 that ....
The actual rails Jesse James loosened to derail a train, which (to the future detriment of law abiding citizens) worked like a charm.
One day you're an intricate drinking fountain. The next you're a monument to human spirit.
Church from which the Alamo defenders were notified ... 'there will be no prisoners.'
Connections that appear to be random coincidence ... but what a nice convergence.
A somewhat humorous statue can lead to surprising and impressive discoveries.
The First National Bank building in Northfield, Minnesota, where Jesse James met his match.
Then gold was found, and the shoreline was history.
A durable church with a durable message.
This Weekly Gem is the Pony Express plaque commemorating the first pony express mail delivery to San Francisco
This section of the Beaverhead River has the most 'animal' rock formations of any place on earth. The designation is unofficial, but we stand by it until proven otherwise.
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