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Go West!

In 1890 the U.S. Census Bureau declared the American frontier to be "closed" - ending one hundred years of expansion. In July, 1893, Frederick Jackson Turner delivered his essay The Significance of the Frontier in American History at the World's Columbia Exposition in Chicago, explaining his views on how the idea of a frontier helped to shaped America's characteristics. Beginning with the mountain men and Lewis & Clark, and ending with the closing of the frontier, the Library has a great collection of resources available about our country's westward movement. Start with some of the titles below:

Across the Great Divide: Robert Stuart and the discovery of the Oregon Trail by Laton McCartney

After Lewis and Clark: mountain men and the paths to the Pacific by Robert M. Utley ; maps by Peter H. Dana

The American West by Dee Brown ; photos edited by Martin F.Schmitt

Blood and thunder: an epic of the American West by Hampton Sides

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee: an Indian history of the American West by Dee Brown

Daily life on the nineteenth century American frontier by Mary Ellen Jones

Empires, nations, and families: a new history of the North American West, 1800-1860 by Anne F. Hyde

Far from home: families of the westward journey by Lillian Schlissel, Byrd Gibbens, Elizabeth Hampsten ; foreword by Robert Coles

Frontier children by Linda Peavy & Ursula Smith ; foreword by Elliott West

Frontier skills: the tactics and weapons that won the American West by William C. Davis

Give your heart to the hawks: a tribute to the mountain men by Win Blevins

Hard road west: history & geology along the Gold Rush trail by Keith Heyer Meldahl

Historical atlas of the American West: with original maps by Derek Hayes

Images of the old West by the paintings of Mort Künstler ; the text of Dee Brown

"It's your misfortune and none of my own": a history of the American West by Richard White

Land of many hands: women in the American West by Harriet Sigerman

Men of the West: life on the American frontier by Cathy Luchetti

One vast winter count: the Native American West before Lewis and Clark by Colin G. Calloway

Pioneer women: the lives of women on the frontier by Linda Peavy & Ursula Smith

Prairie fever: British aristocrats in the American West, 1830-1890 by Peter Pagnamenta

A shovel of stars: the making of the American West, 1800 to the present by Ted Morgan

The tide of empire: America's march to the Pacific by Michael Golay

Wagons west: the epic story of America's overland trails by Frank McLynn

Women's diaries of the westward journey by [collected by] Lillian Schlissel ; preface by Carl N. Degler ; Gerda Lerner, supervising editor

Wondrous times on the frontier by Dee Brown

The writer's guide to everyday life in the Wild West by Candy Moulton