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Into the Wild West

Our incredible History in photos

Transcontinental Railroad's expansion into the Wild West captured in new exhibition

This spring, the Oakland Museum of California will showcase the work of Andrew J. Russell, a photographer commissioned by the Union Pacific Railroad to document its development. The shots captured a complex picture of western expansion, with majestic landscapes, the displacement of Native peoples, and technological history. Pictured: right, a temporary and permanent bridge built over the Green River with Citadel rock in the distance; top left, workers celebrating the laying of the last rail in 1869; bottom left, a Mormon family in the Great Salt Lake Valley; inset, Shoshone Indians posing for a photograph.