Isaac Stevens was chosen to lead the military survey crew mapping a route for a transcontinental railroad in 1853. A graduate of West Point, Stevens distinguished himself as an explorer as well as a politician. Governor of Washington Territory, Stevens was a military engineer placed in charge of surveying the northernmost route between the 47th and 49th parallels (latitude).

Train with the Tacoma Narrows Bridges, Tacoma, Washington | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Zephyr along the Bookcliffs by Moffat Road, via Flickr


Vicksburg National Military Park If you are interested in the Civil War, this is a great place to visit..there are both car and walking tours..there is also a national cemetary there with thousands of civil war graves,

Spring, Rampart Lakes, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington, USA.

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia. The Square and Compasses, a large Masonic symbol built of concrete, was added to the memorial in 1999.

Trenton Battle Map, American Revolution


Old railroad tunnel

Forest railroad

Fisher Railroad Bridge, Vermont

Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, UTAH, USA. Photo by Ryan Houston

Sodus Point Lighthouse New York USA.

Inman Railroad Yard, Atlanta GEORGIA, USA By Imgur

Old Passumpsic River Railroad Bridge Abandoned Warren through truss bridge over the Passumpsic River on the former Maine Central Railroad in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse - Ludington State Park - Michigan

Lighthouse Marblehead, can see all the rollercoasters and rides at cedar pointe while you are at the state park where this lighthouse sits.

Mississippi River Map, 1826

William Emory was never well-known but his work is among the best of the soldier-explorers. A graduate of West Point, he earned the respect of his troops as a fighting officer in two major wars. He also was an excellent scientist and scholar, working in the Southwest both during and after the Mexican War (1846-1848). His maps and expedition reports helped create the current Mexico-U.S. boundary.

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