History

How the buffalo survived to become our new national mammal
Photos: The American town left behind in Canada
Photos: The American town left behind in Canada
Point Roberts, Washington, is cut off from the rest of the U.S. by the Canadian border.
In Utah, the fight for a Bears Ears monument heats up
In Utah, the fight for a Bears Ears monument heats up
In a place where history, culture and geography intermingle, ‘local’ can be hard to define.
Silverton’s Gold King reckoning
Silverton’s Gold King reckoning
How the Animas River disaster forced Silverton to face its pollution problem — and its destiny.
Remembering the Buffalo Soldiers
Remembering the Buffalo Soldiers
New highway designation will commemorate Yosemite’s first black rangers.
A Gold King Mine Timeline
A Gold King Mine Timeline
A tangled history of profit, tragedy and unfulfilled dreams.
The darkness at the heart of Malheur
The darkness at the heart of Malheur
A Westerner traces the roots – and meaning – of the Oregon occupation.
Podcast: The last Nevada showgirl revue came to a close this year
Podcast: The last Nevada showgirl revue came to a close this year
Preserving showgirl culture, amidst lasting discomfort around the tradition.
Rants from the Hill: A romance in Reno, land of the second chance
Rants from the Hill: A romance in Reno, land of the second chance
The Ranter remembers being struck down by love for Tonya Harding, the fallen ice skater.
Tracing America’s borderlands history along the Anza Trail
Tracing America’s borderlands history along the Anza Trail
Immigrants still follow Juan Bautista de Anza’s historic route.
Protecting the Oregon Trail from the development it helped create
Protecting the Oregon Trail from the development it helped create
Dedicated volunteers fight to preserve one of the trails that brought settlers west.
In an era of change, a new chapter for the National Park Service
In an era of change, a new chapter for the National Park Service
Two new books offer an invitation to the parks — and an argument for their existence.
How not to forget the West’s past atrocities
How not to forget the West’s past atrocities
The national park system does more than celebrate beauty. It also commemorates the ugliest parts of our past.
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Whether grazing on public land is a ‘right’ or a ‘privilege’ is one of the region’s most contentious issues. Here’s why.
The neglected history that began in the Utah desert
Potty-mouths have a long history in Western politics
Potty-mouths have a long history in Western politics
Donald Trump is just the latest politician to resort to vulgar language.
No, federal land transfers are not in the Constitution
No, federal land transfers are not in the Constitution
Legal scholars debunk arguments about how founding documents support local control of all lands.
Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion
Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion
An interactive, year-by-year look at the current insurgency.
A tale of two BLM mascots
A tale of two BLM mascots
Johnny Horizon and Seymour Antelope show the agency's changing focus.
Where private land meets public interest
Where private land meets public interest
A group of landowners on the Colorado-New Mexico border aim to conserve a contested landscape.
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