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Civil War depicted
Most visitors associate Petersburg, Virginia, with the closing days of the Civil War. Petersburg experienced the longest siege of any American city – ten long months. The city has been a strategic center of commerce, trade and transportation since before the Revolutionary War. You can study not only the ground on which Civil War soldiers fought and died, but also the world which they and civilians lived in and found worth paying the ultimate price to defend. By exploring the Petersburg area, visitors can begin to understand how Southern communities sustained, endured and emerged from the Civil War. Contact Petersburg Visitors Center 800-368-3595; www.petersburg-va.org.

How about including some western legends?
William F. Cody, fondly known as Buffalo Bill, was born in 1846 and experienced the Old West to its fullest. He herded cattle, worked on a wagon train, mined for gold, rode in the Pony Express, scouted for the Army and was a skillful buffalo hunter. His Wild West Shows traveled the world leaving a lasting vision of the American West. Many artifacts and objects from the Old West, Buffalo Bill's life and the Wild West Shows, Indian artifacts, Western art and firearms can be enjoyed at the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum. Buffalo Bill is buried just 30 minutes away from downtown Denver on Lookout Mountain overlooking the Great Plains and the Rockies. Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, 987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Rd, Golden CO 80401; 303-526-0747; operated by Parks and Recreation Department of the City and County of Denver.



Experience the Arch

If you thought heading west started with the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, think again. Now there's the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument spanning I-80 at Kearney, Nebraska, where the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails all converged in the western movement that ultimately linked Americans coast-to-coast. It's on the way to lots of places and worth your visit.

Inside this only monument that spans an interstate highway, you can expect a state-of-the-art immersion, trail blazing adventure. Trek west with pioneers, get caught in a buffalo stampede, go for gold with 49ers, ride with the Pony Express, meet Mark Twain and hear the rumble of the Iron Horse. Here's where nostalgia can really grip you. The Monument is at 1 Archway Parkway, Kearney NE 68847; 877-511-ARCH; www.archway.org.

The Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Descendant Project
To honor the permanent members of the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery that completed the trip to the Pacific Ocean, the Clatsop County, Oregon, and the Pacific County, Washington, Genealogical Societies are offering a "Corps of Discovery Descendant Certificate" to any person who can document they are a descendant to any permanent member of the 1804-1806 expedition. Data will be stored at the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc. Library in Great Falls, Montana. A book will be published after May 22, 2004, the official start of the 200th anniversary of the expedition and include all the accepted genealogical data.

For an application packet, contact The Lewis & Clark Project, PO Box 372, Warrenton OR 97146; Pacific County Genealogical Society, Washington; www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mogenweb/project.htm

Big sky country
Billings, Montana — the gateway to America's western heritage, where rolling wagons carried early settlers, where the Iron Horse forged a solid passage for railroad barons, and cattle ranchers roped strays in the swirling dust of the open plains.

Billings, Montana — where Indian bead-work and hand-made cowboy hats are found side by side with the latest big city fashions. Where legends abound of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Teddy Roosevelt, George Armstrong Custer and Calamaity Jane.

Billings, Montana — the 24-page vacation guide, with information on Yellowstone National Park, Little Bighorn Battlefield and Pompeys Pillar, as well as a calendar of major events. Call 800-735-2635 or www.billingscvb.visitmt.com.

American history along coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail
The grand panorama of American history comes into focus with the launch of the American Discovery Trail (ADT), America's first coast-to-coast non-motorized trail. The ADT crosses 15 states and the District of Columbia over 6,356 miles from Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.

The ADT passes near the boyhood homes of five US presidents, traces the explorations of George Washington along the Potomac River, as well as the Lewis and Clark expedition. From St. Louis, Missouri, the ADT travels along the Pony Express routes through gold mining towns and crosses the Rockies and Sierras.

The ADT links small towns, urban areas, Appalachian Mountains, Great Plains, the Rockies and the High Sierras. It includes thousands of historical and cultural landmarks, old forts, historical monuments, grand homes and museums. The ADT is a multi-use trail permitting walking, running, cycling and horseback riding. It includes 14 national parks, 16 national forests, and an estimated 10,000 sites of cultural, historical and natural significance. Contact 800-663-2387 or www.discoverytrail.org.


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