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John Charles Fremont

With five major exploring expeditions west of the Mississippi, John C. Frémont redefined the country — with the help of his wife’s promotional skills.

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A junior Army officer, acting on secret orders from the president, bluffed a far stronger Mexican force into conceding North America's westernmost province to the United States

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The tragic journey of the Donner Party

To the brothers George and Jacob Donner the way to California seemed clear and simple. Read more >>

A low comedy for high stakes:

It isn’t every day that one can see a man pushing a peanut with his nose along the main street of an American town. Read more >>

The shore line of Pyramid Lake, one of the West's great natural wonders, is steadily receding, robbed of the water it needs by a Bureau of Reclamation irrigation project.

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John Charles Frémont never succeeded in living up to his fame, yet he was one of America’s great explorers

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