American History Archive

74 – WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln—It’s easy to understand where these town and city names originated. Or is it? With about forty-two towns or cities in the United States

70 – A DIFFERENT WALK

A year ago today I was walking on the Indianapolis Speedway. Today was different. Home for a year now, I was walking the local Avenue of

69 – LOTS OF LAVA

Volcanic activity on the Idaho plains has existed for about 15,000 years, and two thousand years ago a series of volcanoes known as the Great Rift

67 – THE TETONS

  Due to congressional and public opposition Grand Teton experienced a long battle to becoming a national park. The Tetons first received government protection in 1897,

66 – MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS

A group of young elk grazing on front lawns, hanging out like a bunch of teenagers, is a standard sight in Mammoth Village, the Park Headquarters

63 – YELLOWSTONE’S INHABITANTS

It’s supposed that the early inhabitants of the Yellowstone area used hot water from the available geothermal features for cooking and bathing. Although prehistoric Native American

62 – GEYSERS AND HOT SPRINGS

The question arises: What causes a geyser to be a geyser? Actually, it’s a hot spring with kinks in it that make it take a different

61 – ON THE WAY TO YELLOWSTONE

Tourist season was upon us and RV accommodations in Yellowstone were really at a premium. Obviously we’d made no arrangements ahead of time, since we had

60 – THE CENTER OF THE WEST

In the past, and still true in many places, the word museum has brought to mind a dimly lighted, musty-smelling space with stuffed animals and artifacts

59 – RELAXING IN COWBOY COUNTRY

Our campsite beside Buffalo Bill Reservoir was situated beautifully and, since it was a space for handicapped, it had a large easy-access concrete area with a