700-foot-long floating raft of logs makes 1,200-mile trip from Oregon to San Diego, 1914

700-foot-long floating raft of logs makes 1,200-mile trip from Oregon to San Diego, 1914

American Chestnut in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Western North Carolina. A rapidly growing, deciduous hardwood tree, the Chestnut reached up to 100-150 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter.

American Chestnut in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Western North Carolina. A rapidly growing, deciduous hardwood tree, the Chestnut reached up to 100-150 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter.

*Pioneer times...The Chrisman Sisters, 1887. They were homesteaders in Nebraska (no men taking care of them!)

Pioneer women

*Pioneer times...The Chrisman Sisters, 1887. They were homesteaders in Nebraska (no men taking care of them!)

The “Oregon Trail” in Sweetwater County (and much of Wyoming) is actually four National Historic Trails in one corridor— Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California and Pony Express.

The “Oregon Trail” in Sweetwater County (and much of Wyoming) is actually four National Historic Trails in one corridor— Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California and Pony Express.

American pioneer family in front of their home--a little reminder that it really could be much worse

American pioneer family in front of their home--a little reminder that it really could be much worse

Indepence Rock was a landmark on the Oregon, Califonia and Mormon Trails. It is located in Natrona County, Wyoming. Indepndence rock got its name because many of the traveler that came to oregon attempted to reach the rock before July 4 or Indepence day. This would ensure that if they reached the rock by this date, they would not have to deal with snow as the traveled through the mountains.

Indepence Rock was a landmark on the Oregon, Califonia and Mormon Trails. It is located in Natrona County, Wyoming. Indepndence rock got its name because many of the traveler that came to oregon attempted to reach the rock before July 4 or Indepence day. This would ensure that if they reached the rock by this date, they would not have to deal with snow as the traveled through the mountains.

Rath & Wright's buffalo hide yard in 1878, showing 40,000 buffalo hides. We took all they had and give them winter without a shirt.

Rath & Wright's buffalo hide yard in 1878, showing 40,000 buffalo hides. We took all they had and give them winter without a shirt.

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