Travel Features

On the Trail of History


In the last decade, with the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery exploration of the West in 2004-2006, and the current sesquicentennial of the Civil War, heritage travel along historic trails throughout the United States has created a wide variety of opportunities for travelers seeking a greater understanding of life in 19th-century America.

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On the Trail of Old Arizona

Saint-Augustine-church_Tuscon-arizonaOne can hardly envision Tucson when J. Ross Browne saw it in the 1860s, “…a city of mud boxes, dingy and dilapidated, cracked and baked into a composite of mud and filth.”

When Browne visited Tucson, it was the largest town in Arizona, made up of original settlers and those who had flocked to the “Old Pueblo” in the wake of the abandonment of military forts and the outbreak of hostilities with the Chiricahua Apache.

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Rambles Through the Nebraska Panhandle

Fort_Bayard_Oregon-Trail-Wagon-TrainTo the Lakota, it was the Moonshell River; to the French explorers, La Rivière North Platte; to the Americans, the North Platte.

Whatever its name, a generation of dreamers followed the muddy river west through the Great Plains segment of the Oregon Trail.

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Texas Hill Country Trail: Cavalry, Cowboys and Germans

Texas_heritage-travel_stockyards-cowboyThe Hill Country in Texas is steeped in rich history, and you can still step back in time when you visit. The area boasts historic sites, music, museums, restaurants and hotels to lure you into the 19th century. The Hill Country encompasses 25 counties,

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Following North Dakota’s Sheyenne River

2014-02-24Homesteaders-sodbusters-North-DakotaAsk most people to name a river that flows in North Dakota, and you’ll probably hear the Missouri (we thank you, Lewis and Clark) and possibly the Red (we tip our hats to that unknown humanitarian for penning that classic folk song “Red River Valley”).

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True West Site Guide


True West captures the spirit of the American West with authenticity, personality and humor by linking our history to our present. Whether you call it the Wild West, the Old West or the Far West, America's frontier history comes to life in True West, the world's oldest, continuously published Western Americana magazine.

Western movie fans, re-enactors, history buffs and road warriors, we got your history covered: outlaw, cowboy, Indian, lawman, gunfighter, fur trapper, miner, prospector, gambler, soldier, entertainer and pioneer. Check out these True Westerners now!

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