United States Archive

Hiking the Chilkoot Trail: Dyea to Lindeman Lake Section

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP It was dubbed the World’s Longest Museum. Overloaded and frantic to reach the goldfields near Dawson City in the Yukon, Canada, the stampeders of 1897-98 abandoned much of their gear along the Chilkoot Trail – especially during the first 41 km (26 mi) of the trail from Dyea, Alaska to Lindeman

History Behind the Rocks: Exploring Yosemite’s Pioneer Past

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Wawona means “Big Tree.” It is also the gateway to Yosemite National Park from the south. In the late 1800s, Wawona was Yosemite’s largest stagecoach stop. Today, most people zip by on their way to see Half Dome and Yosemite Valley – but there’s plenty of history behind the rocks! Take a

Mountain Meadows

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Some places pull you in because of their beauty; others grab your heart because of the sheer magnitude of the story they hold. Mountain Meadows in Utah is not necessarily the most stunning of settings, one of dozen of open fields in the southwest dotted with sagebrush and juniper trees, but

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Visitor information centres are our best friends. “Where can we go hiking?” It’s our standard refrain. And when they give us an option like McElmo Canyon, just southwest of Cortez, Colorado – we jump for joy. Anasazi – okay, I know the term is no longer vogue, that technically I should

Pipe Springs National Monument

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Travelling from St. George, Utah to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, we were looking for a place to pull over to make lunch when we saw a sign for Pipe Spring National Monument. Washrooms and maybe a picnic table – perfect! We didn’t know anything about the site, but

New York City: A Literary Hit

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Loving the New York City Public Library Officially known as the Stephen A. Schwarzman building, the main branch of the New York City Public Library is a Beaux-Arts beauty. In 1897, the city provided the site – an old reservoir – and agreed to finance construction. Dr. John Shaw Billings –

Human History in Dinosaur National Monument: Josie Bassett Morris

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP There are countless colourful characters that make up the patchwork quilt of the past. Josie Bassett Morris was definitely one of the brightest in what is now Dinosaur National Monument, Utah. Josie was one of the infamous Bassett sisters (her sister was “Queen Ann”), involved off and on with the Wild Bunch

Human History in Dinosaur National Monument: The Chews

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Something always draws us to ghost towns and abandoned homesteads. The human history in Dinosaur National Monument was no exception. Maybe it’s the stories that linger in the hand hewn wood of the old homes. Perhaps it’s the sense of discovery in finding a piece of the past. It might be admiration