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How Trains Gave Americans a Path to National Parks

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How Trains Gave Americans a Path to National Parks

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By 1925, a sprawling rail network had sprung into place, and more Americans could now head west to sightsee - and with five new national parks added to the roster of public lands, they had the perfect destination.

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At the dawn of the 20th century, America west of the Mississippi was wild and untamed, featuring formidable landscapes and treacherous rivers. But in the following decades, industry and opportunity transformed the region into an economic and political powerhouse that drove change across the country and the world. Presented for the first time in color, revisit lands made famous by Buffalo Bill, championed by Teddy Roosevelt, and developed by opportunists seeking adventure and fortune.

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