History

Best of the West: Visit These Iconic Western Towns

From Fort Worth, Texas, to Cody, Wyoming, we’ve identified seven destinations centered around Western culture, entertainment, and history. Explore them all.

Orphan Train Friends and Future Governors

Riding an orphan train west in 1859, a kid named John Brady formed a friendship with fellow orphan Andrew Burke. One would govern Alaska; the other, North Dakota.

Riding the Orphan Train

In a little-known historic migration that began in the mid-1800s, some 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were put on westbound trains.

Trick Shooter, Real Gun

Read about Beau Hickory’s Wild-West-Show past and find out why he wants to sell a rifle that he says belonged to Buffalo Bill.

Celebrate 150 Years of the Chisholm Trail, From Texas to Kansas

Here’s a roundup of ways to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Chisholm Trail and the colorful cattle-drive era of the Old West.

Blazing the Old Chisholm Trail

We celebrate the 150th anniversary of the famed Chisholm Trail by getting to know its historical namesake, Jesse Chisholm.

150th Anniversary of Nebraska Statehood

The country welcomed Nebraska to the union as the 37th state on March 1, 1867. We celebrate the Cornhusker State’s milestone with a survey of its Western heritage.

Presidents’ Day: Reagan and Bush on Their Ranches

Check out several past C&I pieces on U.S. Presidents and first ladies in honor of Presidents’ Day 2017.