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Letter from Wild West - August 2009

Gregory Lalire | Published: June 03, 2009 at 1:28 pm
Such intrepid 19th-century explorers as Joe Walker, John Wesley Powell, Benjamin Bonneville, Jedediah Smith and others explored much of the West, yet there remain corners for curious minds to explore.

Richard E. Byrd and the 1925 MacMillan Arctic Expedition

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
The MacMillan Arctic Expedition marked the first productive use of aircraft in Arctic exploration by Americans and brought Richard Byrd into the national limelight.

William Kidd's Last Voyage

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
In the closing days of the 17th century, honest, peace-loving folk in both England and its North American colonies feared, above all, the French, divine judgment, and William Kidd.

Marie Dorion and The Astoria Expedition

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:07 pm
The only woman on the 1811-12 overland expedition led by Wilson Price Hunt, Marie Dorion endured more hardships than a more famous female Indian traveler, Sacagawea.

The Adventures of Three Conquistadores and their Moorish Slave in the American Southwest

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:06 pm
Tales of the adventures that befell three conquistadores and their Moorish slave during the sixteenth century led to Spain's Francisco Vásquez de Coronado's exploration of what is now the American Southwest.

Roald Amundsen and the 1925 North Pole Expedition

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:06 pm
Over the vast, frozen wastes of the Artic is the last place anyone would want his airplane to quit.

Climbing Mount Everest

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:06 pm
Three generations of British mountaineers committed themselves to standing where no one ever had before.

Swedish-Led Artic Expedition in a Balloon Led to a Tragic End

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:05 pm
It took 30 years to learn the fate of the first expedition to fly across the North Pole.

Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett: First to Fly over the North Pole

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:05 pm
The Fokker Trimotor Josephine Ford survived mishaps and beat fierce competition to be the first aircraft to fly over the top of the world, carrying Richard E. Byrd into history.

John Wesley Powell: Mapping the Colorado River

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:04 pm
In 1869, John Wesley Powell defied the myth of the Colorado River's invincibility and led the first expedition to navigate through the Grand Canyon.

Sacagawea: Assisted the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:04 pm
Details of her life remain sketchy, and the time and place of her death are still debated, but the young Indian woman who assisted Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their great journey west has a secure place in history.

Corps of Discovery: Long March of Lewis and Clark

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:04 pm
Long March of Lewis and Clark

The Corps of Discovery: After the Expedition

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:03 pm
Its mission over, the Corps of Discovery disbanded and its members sought their own destinies. Some of them passed from the historical record, but others had adventures that made their experiences with Lewis and Clark seem almost tame by comparison.

William Bligh

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:00 pm
For 200 years, William Bligh has been known as the tyrant of the Bounty, but he was probably not the villain legend depicts, and the famous mutiny was just one of the many dramatic events in his stormy life.
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