William Henry Jackson, photographic pioneer of the Old West

In August 1870 a small detachment of US cavalry left Camp Carlin, an army supply depot just outside Cheyenne, Wyoming. Following close behind was Ferdinand Hayden, explorer and formerly professor of geology at the University of Pennsylvania. Accompanying him were a motley group of scientists, including a mineralogist, a botanist and a topographical artist. This… Read More

History: Newspaper archives – education

Education in the ‘Wild West’ usually conjures up an image of a packed classroom with mixed ages and genders, struggling their way through rather basic arithmetic or spelling. The reality is that it wasn’t all like that – sometimes the education was definitely advanced, and not just for boys, either. Here is an actual advert… Read More