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BUTTERFIELD OVERLAND STAGE Stage service operated between St. Louis and San Francisco between 1857 and The route was miles and took 25 days on average. El Paso, Texas was an important station along the way. The railroad would not arrive there until

Black Hills Expidition | Lieutenant Colonel George Custer and his crew left from North Dakota to search for a route to the southwest and find gold. They also wanted to find a spot to make a fort in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Black Hills Expidition | Lieutenant Colonel George Custer and his crew left from North Dakota to search for a route to the southwest and find gold. They also wanted to find a spot to make a fort in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

A family of settlers heads west in this photograph taken in the1880s. During the thousands of nineteenth-century treks across the continent, children and their mothers were often casualties of a father's desire for a better life in the West.

A family of settlers heads west in this photograph taken in the1880s. During the thousands of nineteenth-century treks across the continent, children and their mothers were often casualties of a father's desire for a better life in the West.

Pioneers crossing the Arkansas River.http://www.pinterest.com/jenniferjakes/old-west/

Pioneers crossing the Arkansas River.http://www.pinterest.com/jenniferjakes/old-west/

The Prairie Schooner was the first choice for long-distance family travel across the American prairies in the 1800s. The discovery of gold in California in 1848 and the 1862 Homestead Act sent many daring souls in the eastern United States on a 2000 mile adventure into the west, and he primary choice of transportation for pioneer families and fortune hunters was a practical one: a cloth-covered wagon.

The Prairie Schooner was the first choice for long-distance family travel across the American prairies in the 1800s. The discovery of gold in California in 1848 and the 1862 Homestead Act sent many daring souls in the eastern United States on a 2000 mile adventure into the west, and he primary choice of transportation for pioneer families and fortune hunters was a practical one: a cloth-covered wagon.

These Oregon Trail pioneers were lucky they weren’t seriously injured or even killed when their wagon overturned on them. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

These Oregon Trail pioneers were lucky they weren’t seriously injured or even killed when their wagon overturned on them. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Prospectors who came to Helena, Montana, could be a deadly bunch. In 1867, gunfighter John Bull killed gambler-gunman Langford Peel on Helena’s Main Street (photo, 1879). Five years before, Bull had the upper hand in a gunfight with horse thieves in the mining camp of Gold Creek.

Prospectors who came to Helena, Montana, could be a deadly bunch. In 1867, gunfighter John Bull killed gambler-gunman Langford Peel on Helena’s Main Street (photo, 1879). Five years before, Bull had the upper hand in a gunfight with horse thieves in the mining camp of Gold Creek.

Old Butterfield Stage Coach, Ride the Old Butterfield Stage Coach and enjoy a 20 minute narrated tour of Historic Old Tombstone.

Old Butterfield Stage Coach, Ride the Old Butterfield Stage Coach and enjoy a 20 minute narrated tour of Historic Old Tombstone.

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