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Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | The Decline of Railroads and Streetcars

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Discover how the building and use of railroads declined due to the popularity of automobiles and trucks. One effect was the development of regional and short line railroads that served smaller communities. Several larger cities used local electric streetcars until the automobiles took over.

Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | In Mid-continent and “The Holy Dog”

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Discover how transportation has affected every step of North Dakota history. North Dakota’s position in the center of North America has always made transportation a challenge with even the earliest peoples seeking ways to cover large distances of land. The arrival of horses to the Northern Plains had a radical effect on the Native American culture and way of life.

Railroad Museum | Outdoor Nevada

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The Nevada Southern Railroad and the Boulder City Depot were built in the 1930s to bring supplies to the construction site of the Hoover Dam.

Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | “A Reluctant and Homesick Pig”

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Learn about the history of steamboats on the Red River. Although its course meandered like a lost and homesick pig, the Red River of the North was a major artery for steamboats, which coordinated with stagecoaches from St. Paul to Fort Abercrombie.

Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | Red River Oxcarts

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Learn about the Red River oxcarts that were the primary means of transporting goods from the Red River Valley to St. Paul.

Earth System: Drought and Air Quality

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Droughts claim more victims each year than any other natural disaster. Depending on where it occurs and how long it persists, the cost of a drought can run into the billions of dollars. Droughts cause more than economic hardship, however. As this video segment adapted from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center demonstrates, droughts have a complex web of impacts that also affect us socially and environmentally.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Lewis and Clark Minutes | Learning Expedition

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Hear NDSU Professor Mark Harvey who describes what Lewis and Clark would have experienced when first coming to the grasslands.

The Story behind Big Bend National Park

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The Story Behind Big Bend

Great States | Idaho History

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From the Ice Age to the Civil War, learn the story of how Idaho became the 43rd state.

Great States | Iowa Economy

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Iowa’s natural resources gave rise to its early industries like lumber and coal mining. Discover how the real key to Iowa’s growth as a modern economy was transportation. Stagecoaches, freight wagons, steamboats, and trains were crucial to Iowa’s commercial development. 

Great States | North Dakota Culture

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North Dakota’s festivals and events celebrate the people and communities there. Learn more about these communities and what makes North Dakota a great place to be.

Port Canaveral | Central Florida Roadtrip

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In addition to the space industry at Cape Canaveral, is the now growing cruise and cargo industry at Port Canaveral. To many it may seem like the Port has only been around for a few years, but in fact it is now over 60 years old.

Texas Statehood and National Parks

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In the United States, public lands belong to different kinds of governments. Some are federal lands owned by the United States government. Some public land is owned by the states. Other public land is owned by counties or cities. Public land can have many different uses. It might hold a courthouse or state capitol building. It might be a city playground or pool. Public land might be the site of a school or a university. Military bases are on public land. National Parks are also public land, owned by the federal government.

Great States | Oregon

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A state on the edge of a continent, Oregon’s first inhabitants first arrived 15,000 years ago. But it wasn’t until 1805 that explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark established Fort Clatsop, paving the way for newcomers who would help shape the state of Oregon into what we know today. Learn how the unique geography, economy, and culture of Oregon earned the state its name—the Pacific Wonderland.

Great States | Idaho Culture

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Learn fun facts about all things Idaho! Find out about the diverse groups of people who have come together to add to the cultural fabric of this “Potato State.”

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