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In the early 1800's, much of the travel to the west was on trails like the "Cumberland Road," later called the "National Road," which funneled early pioneers into the midwest. In the early- to mid-1800's, pioneers began to travel farther west on the Oregon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, and other major wagon train routes. By the middle of the century, the railroads were beginning to make travel easier, and in 1869 the transcontinental railroad was completed, making it possible to ride coast to…

U.S. Civil War Casualties

These Oregon Trail pioneers were lucky they weren’t seriously injured or even killed when their wagon overturned on them. Yet they might say their hardships were well worth the price of freedom; and it is for that unique Western experience that preserving the Oregon Trail is vastly important to our national heritage. – True West Archives –

Pioneers into the west | Pioneers, Wagons and Oxen Crossing the Arkansas River at Great Bend ...

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Jesse James

Frank and Jesse James' Wanted Poster (July 21, 1873) The James-Younger gang committed the first train robbery near Adair, Iowa. The engine, tender, and baggage cars were derailed and the engineer killed. The gang rode off with nearly $3,000.