Inside History

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Don’t Bury Me Alive

Victorians had a bizarre fixation with premature burial—a fear that wasn’t just hysterical, because poor medical k…

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The Lost Dutchman Mine

Lost gold mines are among our greatest natural resources; they don’t pollute the sky with columns of acrid smoke, befoul…

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Mormons Ate Best

Of all the pioneers who settled Arizona Territory—Indians, Mexicans, the military, miners, cowboys—the Mormons ate best.…

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Strange Amusements

The 1800s are notable for its fascination with exhibits and strange things. And it didn’t lack promoters or huckst…

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Frontier Odometers

In a diary from an emigrant crossing to the California gold fields in 1849. “Life on the Plains and at the Diggins…

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