Imagine going on an African safari and not seeing any lions or to an amusement park without roller coasters or . . . traveling into the Wild West in the 1870s and not seeing Indians, gunfights, or bank robberies.
After the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, Easterners could easily ride the train across the country—an opportunity to see things they had only read about in dime novels. They watched out the windows, excited to face . . . Read More