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Rebuilding Virginia

Rebuilding after the War The Civil War left Virginia in ruins and the state began the process of rebuilding. During the fighting, railroads had been destroyed and plantations burned. Added to this the state was overflowing with the unemployed, now that the slaves were emancipated, and rations were still being controlled by the Union. Even… Continue reading Rebuilding Virginia

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Virginia

Stories about cowboys and the Wild West give the impression that beginning in the mid-19th century, ranching was dominating the United States. While outlaws were battling lawmen in many places, the country continued its expansion and development. Political and industrial advances increased its international influence and Virginia, like all the other states was moving along… Continue reading Virginia

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Yellowstone – The United States First National Park

Yellowstone National Park is internationally known and was first established in 1872 after a campfire suggestion a few years before. Members of the Washington-Langford-Doane expedition recognized and discussed the need to turn Yellowstone into a protected area, due to the expansion that was taking place since the end of the Civil War. They predicted that… Continue reading Yellowstone – The United States First National Park

Western Life

First Transcontinental Railroad – Central and Union Pacific Meet in the ‘Middle’

Construction of each leg of the railroad began at a different time. The western leg was undertaken by Central Pacific, and Theodore Judah’s project became dominated by ‘The Big Four.’ Although well-known businessmen, they had no previous experience constructing railroads and borrowed a great amount of money to finance the project. They also used loopholes… Continue reading First Transcontinental Railroad – Central and Union Pacific Meet in the ‘Middle’

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Cattle Rustling in the Wild West – A Rancher’s Worst Nightmare

A large part of the population of the Old West made their living based on the cattle trade, either directly or indirectly. During this time, there were many instances of cattle theft which could take place for different reasons. Native Americans would often steal a few cattle to feed their tribe, during times of shortage.… Continue reading Cattle Rustling in the Wild West – A Rancher’s Worst Nightmare