The West calls up strong images and powerful stories in United States history and literature. Take a deeper look into some of the ways Americans expanded their nation westward with the resources below.
Dave Raymond covers Westward Expansion in Lesson 18 of his American History video curriculum.
Canals and Coaches
The Erie Canal —History, timelines, facts and more from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
Interactive Erie Canal map —Discover what the Erie Canal looks like today.
Stage Styles: Not All Were Coaches —Take a look at the different types of coaches.
Follow the History of Stagecoach No. 186 —Read the story behind the iconic Wells Fargo Stagecoach.
The Wells Fargo Stagecoach —Don’t miss the history of the company!
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The Pony Express
1,966 miles in 10 days! —Learn more about the Pony Express route and history.
The First Ride on the Pony Express —An interesting account from the National Parks Service.
Pony Express Timeline —See how the Pony Express fit into American history and learn what happened to some of its riders.