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Westward Expansion Collection

"Westward Expansion: Pioneers, Outlaws, and Progress" In the vast canvas of American history

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: American Progress

American Progress
Painting entitled American Progress, by John Gast, depicting Manifest Destiny (the religious belief that the United States should expand from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in the name of)

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: RUSSELL: STAGE ROBBER. A stage robber pointing a shotgun. The vignette in the right corner shows

RUSSELL: STAGE ROBBER. A stage robber pointing a shotgun. The vignette in the right corner shows the robber with a treasure box and a dead messenger as the stagecoach drives off

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: WILLIAM H. BONNEY (1859-1881). Known as Billy the Kid. American desperado

WILLIAM H. BONNEY (1859-1881). Known as Billy the Kid. American desperado. Billy the Kid holding a Model Winchester 73 rifle. Oil over a photograph, c1880

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: ST. LOUIS: FREIGHT YARD. Twilight view of a freight yard near a grain storage facility in St

ST. LOUIS: FREIGHT YARD. Twilight view of a freight yard near a grain storage facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Photographed c1974

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: NEBRASKA: SETTLERS, 1886. The Chrisman Sisters in front of a sod house in Goheen Valley

NEBRASKA: SETTLERS, 1886. The Chrisman Sisters in front of a sod house in Goheen Valley, Custer County, Nebraska. Photograph by Solomon D. Butcher, 1886

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: WAGON TRAIL. A wagon train of settlers crossing the plains of the American West

WAGON TRAIL. A wagon train of settlers crossing the plains of the American West. Oil on canvas, 1951, by Oscar Edmund Berninghaus (1874-1952)

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: LOUISIANA PURCHASE, 1803. Under My Wings, Everything Prospers. View of the city of New Orleans

LOUISIANA PURCHASE, 1803. Under My Wings, Everything Prospers. View of the city of New Orleans, celebrating President Jeffersons Louisana Purchase. Oil on canvas, 1803, by Boqueto de Woiserie

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: 0008627

0008627
RAILWAY POSTER, 1870s. A Chicago and North-Western Railway poster of the 1870s promoting free homestead lands in the Dakota Territory

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: MAP: UNITED STATES, 1820. Engraved map of the United States, 1820

MAP: UNITED STATES, 1820. Engraved map of the United States, 1820, drawing on the geographical discoveries of the Lewis & Clark expedition

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: TEXAS: COWBOY, c1910. A cowboy holding a rope around the neck of a bucking bronco on a ranch in

TEXAS: COWBOY, c1910. A cowboy holding a rope around the neck of a bucking bronco on a ranch in Texas. Photograph by Erwin Evans Smith, c1910

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Pioneer flatboat on the Ohio River, c. 1845 (engraving)

Pioneer flatboat on the Ohio River, c. 1845 (engraving)
PNP248814 Pioneer flatboat on the Ohio River, c.1845 (engraving) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark American Pictures; American, out of copyright

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: COVERED WAGON, c1880. Drawing, American, 20th century

COVERED WAGON, c1880. Drawing, American, 20th century

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: The Golden Spike Ceremony, 10th May 1869 (b / w photo)

The Golden Spike Ceremony, 10th May 1869 (b / w photo)
PNP246752 The Golden Spike Ceremony, 10th May 1869 (b/w photo) by Savage, Charles Roscoe (1832-1909); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: BIERSTADT: YELLOWSTONE. Yellowstone Falls. Oil on canvas by Albert Bierstadt, c1881

BIERSTADT: YELLOWSTONE. Yellowstone Falls. Oil on canvas by Albert Bierstadt, c1881

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: COLORADO: MINING, 1874. A mountainside in Colorado honeycombed by silver mines

COLORADO: MINING, 1874. A mountainside in Colorado honeycombed by silver mines. Wood engraving, American, 1874

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: REMINGTON: 10th CAVALRY. A Retiring Scout. Enlisted man of the 10th (Colored) Cavalry

REMINGTON: 10th CAVALRY. A Retiring Scout. Enlisted man of the 10th (Colored) Cavalry, known as Buffalo Soldiers, on maneuvers in Arizona. Wood engraving after Frederick Remington, 1888

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: TEXAS FLAG, 19th CENTURY. Texas war flag, 19th century

TEXAS FLAG, 19th CENTURY. Texas war flag, 19th century

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: VOYAGEURS in Camp for the Night: illustration by Frederic Remington

VOYAGEURS in Camp for the Night: illustration by Frederic Remington

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: BUFFALO BILL: POSTER, 1893. Buffalo Bill Wild West Show lithograph poster, c1893

BUFFALO BILL: POSTER, 1893. Buffalo Bill Wild West Show lithograph poster, c1893

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: REMINGTON: SIGNAL, c1896. The Blanket Signal: oil on canvas, c1896, by Frederic Remington

REMINGTON: SIGNAL, c1896. The Blanket Signal: oil on canvas, c1896, by Frederic Remington

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: EMIGRANTS TO OHIO, 1805. Emigrants from Connnecticut heading for eastern Ohio in 1805

EMIGRANTS TO OHIO, 1805. Emigrants from Connnecticut heading for eastern Ohio in 1805. Wood engravig, American, 1861

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: The March Of The Caravan

The March Of The Caravan
Illustration titled The March of the Caravan, depicting a wagon train passing over the prairie, taken from Commerce of the Prairies by Josiah Gregg. USA, 1844. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images)

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Santa Fe Trail route on an 1870s map of the US

Santa Fe Trail route on an 1870s map of the US
NWI4712668 Santa Fe Trail route on an 1870s map of the US.; (add.info.: Santa Fe Trail route on an 1870s map of the US.); Photo © North Wind Pictures

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: National Road route on an 1870s map of the US

National Road route on an 1870s map of the US
NWI4712666 National Road route on an 1870s map of the US.; (add.info.: National Road route on an 1870s map of the US.); Photo © North Wind Pictures

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Routes of the great westward trails on an 1870s map of the US

Routes of the great westward trails on an 1870s map of the US
NWI4712693 Routes of the great westward trails on an 1870s map of the US.; (add.info.: Routes of the great westward trails on an 1870s map of the US.); Photo © North Wind Pictures

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Oregon Trail and California Trail routes on an 1870s map of the US

Oregon Trail and California Trail routes on an 1870s map of the US
NWI4712662 Oregon Trail and California Trail routes on an 1870s map of the US.; (add.info.: Oregon Trail and California Trail routes on an 1870s map of the US.); Photo © North Wind Pictures

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Map showing center of US population moving westward along the National Road, 1790-1900

Map showing center of US population moving westward along the National Road, 1790-1900
NWI4712731 Map showing center of US population moving westward along the National Road, 1790-1900.; (add.info.: Map showing center of US population moving westward along the National Road)

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Oregon Trail route on an 1870s map of the US

Oregon Trail route on an 1870s map of the US
NWI4712599 Oregon Trail route on an 1870s map of the US.; (add.info.: Oregon Trail route on an 1870s map of the US.); Photo © North Wind Pictures

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Indian Land for Sale, 1911 (litho)

Indian Land for Sale, 1911 (litho)
PNP246284 Indian Land for Sale, 1911 (litho) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: issued by Commissioner of Indian Affairs; ); Peter Newark American Pictures; American

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Driving the Golden Spike on 10th May, 1869 (colour litho)

Driving the Golden Spike on 10th May, 1869 (colour litho)
PNP246765 Driving the Golden Spike on 10th May, 1869 (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Grand rush for Indian territory (litho)

Grand rush for Indian territory (litho)
PNP464797 Grand rush for Indian territory (litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark Pictures; American, out of copyright

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Handbill of the Great Western Transportation Company, 1835 (litho)

Handbill of the Great Western Transportation Company, 1835 (litho)
PNP246640 Handbill of the Great Western Transportation Company, 1835 (litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Governor Stanford 4-4-0 locomotive, 1869 (b/w photo)

Governor Stanford 4-4-0 locomotive, 1869 (b/w photo)
PNP246677 Governor Stanford 4-4-0 locomotive, 1869 (b/w photo) by American Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark American Pictures

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: American Progress, 1872 (oil on canvas)

American Progress, 1872 (oil on canvas)
CH205269 American Progress, 1872 (oil on canvas) by Gast, John (1842-1896); Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; American, out of copyright

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: A Home in the Wilderness, 1870 (colour lithograph)

A Home in the Wilderness, 1870 (colour lithograph)
3704173 A Home in the Wilderness, 1870 (colour lithograph) by Currier, N. (1813-88) and Ives, J.M. (1824-95); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; American, out of copyright

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Across the Continent: Westward the Course of the Empire Takes its Way

Across the Continent: Westward the Course of the Empire Takes its Way
3704136 Across the Continent: Westward the Course of the Empire Takes its Way, 1868 (hand-coloured lithograph) by Currier, N. (1813-88) and Ives, J.M

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Wells Fargo Express, 1890 (b / w photo)

Wells Fargo Express, 1890 (b / w photo)
5042929 Wells Fargo Express, 1890 (b/w photo) by Grabill, John C. H. (fl. late 19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: A Wagon Train formed into a Corral on the Oregon Trail, 1869 (litho)

A Wagon Train formed into a Corral on the Oregon Trail, 1869 (litho)
PNP268174 A Wagon Train formed into a Corral on the Oregon Trail, 1869 (litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Watching the Wagons (colour litho)

Watching the Wagons (colour litho)
PNP246203 Watching the Wagons (colour litho) by Frenzeny, Paul (1840-1902); Private Collection; Peter Newark American Pictures; American, out of copyright

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Building the Northern Pacific Railroad, from Harpers Weekly

Building the Northern Pacific Railroad, from Harpers Weekly
PNP246927 Building the Northern Pacific Railroad, from Harpers Weekly, 17th July 1875 (engraving) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark American Pictures; American

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Railroad Construction Crews, 1887 (b / w photo)

Railroad Construction Crews, 1887 (b / w photo)
PNP246914 Railroad Construction Crews, 1887 (b/w photo) by American Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: constructing the St Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railway)

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Chinese workers helping construct the Central Pacific Railroad

Chinese workers helping construct the Central Pacific Railroad
PNP246754 Chinese workers helping construct the Central Pacific Railroad, completed 1869 (colour litho) by American School

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Rincon train station, New Mexico, 1883 (b / w photo)

Rincon train station, New Mexico, 1883 (b / w photo)
PNP246737 Rincon train station, New Mexico, 1883 (b/w photo) by American Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark American Pictures; American, out of copyright

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: A Schenectady Locomotive (engraving)

A Schenectady Locomotive (engraving)
PNP246654 A Schenectady Locomotive (engraving) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: built for Chicago & North Western Railway; 4-6-0 type;)

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Union Pacific Railroad Poster, c. 1880 (colour litho)

Union Pacific Railroad Poster, c. 1880 (colour litho)
PNP246282 Union Pacific Railroad Poster, c.1880 (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageWestward Expansion Collection: Independence, Missouri, c. 1850 (engraving)

Independence, Missouri, c. 1850 (engraving)
PNP246214 Independence, Missouri, c.1850 (engraving) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: major outfitting point of departure for west bound wagon trains;)



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"Westward Expansion: Pioneers, Outlaws, and Progress" In the vast canvas of American history, Westward Expansion stands as a defining chapter that shaped the nation's destiny. From sea to shining sea, this extraordinary period witnessed the relentless march of progress and exploration across untamed lands. The iconic painting "American Progress" by John Gast captures the spirit of this era with its depiction of a majestic figure leading settlers towards new horizons. Amidst this grand narrative emerged legendary figures who became synonymous with the Wild West. Billy the Kid, portrayed in an oil over photograph artwork, epitomized the daring desperadoes who roamed these lawless territories. Holding his Model Winchester 73 rifle with steely determination, he embodied both fear and fascination. The expansion was not without its challenges; it required immense infrastructure development like St. Louis' freight yard near a grain storage facility depicted in a twilight view photograph from 1974. This bustling hub served as a lifeline for trade and transportation during those transformative times. Nebraska's Chrisman Sisters symbolize another facet - brave settlers seeking fortunes on unfamiliar soil. Their humble sod house in Goheen Valley serves as a testament to their resilience amidst harsh conditions. The journey west wasn't limited to land alone; rivers played an integral role too. A pioneer flatboat gracefully gliding along Ohio River waters in an engraving from 1845 showcases how waterways facilitated movement and commerce during this period. As wagon trains traversed plains under boundless skies, dreams were realized through sheer determination and perseverance. These pioneers embarked on arduous journeys captured vividly in images such as "Wagon Trail, " reminding us of their indomitable spirit that forged paths into uncharted territories. One cannot discuss Westward Expansion without acknowledging pivotal events like Louisiana Purchase which doubled America's size overnight while opening doors to prosperity unseen before.