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Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
October 24, 2013 M. Timothy Nolting   

Early drawing, artist unknown - Thomas Fitzpatrick leading the wagons.

Early travel across North America was by water. Lewis and Clark set out to find a passable waterway across the continent by following the Missouri River northward, discovering the Columbia River and tracing its path to the Pacific, but it was not a viable route. Rugged mountain terrain, treacherous rapids and impassable falls successfully blocked any hope of safe and speedy cross-country travel. However, the northern routes, both water and land, ...

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