[caption id="attachment_10461" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The festive scene at Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869, celebrating the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad, photo by Alfred A. Hart, courtesy Department of Special Collections/Stanford University Libraries[/caption]   A century and a half after its completion, the First Transcontinental Railroad...

Though the Donner Party bears George Donner’s name, a man named James Reed was responsible for many of the group’s bad decisions—and its eventual rescue   In Truckee, there’s no escaping the legacy of the infamous Donner Party, the group of 80-plus emigrants stranded while trying to...

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