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Westward Expansion U.X.L Reference Collection

After entering in the login for InfoTrac search on Westward Expansion and your results will include 4 Volume Reference eBook collection on Westward Expansion.


Look for the link in the Learning Center navigation to: The Early National Period and Expansion: 1783–1859

Great place to start researching a topic. Read and learn keywords and ideas for further searching.

Free Websites

Discovering Lewis and Clark

End of the Oregon Trails Interpretive Center


Oregon Page

"Travel the Trail with the Westward Ho! Wagon train"

This is actually a lesson created by Darlene Anders, Wagonmistress. Students from all over the country participate in this virtual wagon train. Along the way students access resources on this website to help them with their journey. This is a very DEEP website with lots of resources so it must be carefully and fully explored.


Companion website for the Ken Burns eight part documentary includes links to people, places, and events

Multicultural West

The Multicultural American West is a resource site for the interactive exchange of ideas, information, and educational tools related to the US West in multicultural and intercultural perspective. We hope to serve high school and college students, teachers, professors and independent scholars with an interest in the multicultural West.


Railroads and the Making of Modern America (Digital History Project)

From the About Page:

This project seeks to document and represent the rapid and far-reaching social effects of railroads and to explore the transformation of the United States to modern ideas, institutions, and practices in the nineteenth century.


Pioneers, MountainMen, Native Americans, Explorers, Trappers, Westward Expansion, Oregon Trail, Cowboys, Indians, Scouts, Gunslingers (the whole dang blang shootin' match is heah, bucko!), Outlaws, Gunbattles, Ghost Towns, Gold & Silver Mining, Saloons, Virginia City, Dodge City, Tombstone, O.K. Corral, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Kit Carson, John C. Fremont, John Wesley Powell, Wild Bill Hickok, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull, Roy Rogers, Western Theme Parks, Museums and Exhibitions, the Great Plains Prairie, Buffalo, Horses, Rodeos, Stage Coaches, Frontier Railroads, River Steam Boats, America's Freedom Documents, and anything of interest or of significance west of the Mississippi River.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History--Westward Expansion Module

The Institute creates and works closely with history-focused schools; organizes summer seminars and development programs for teachers; produces print and digital publications and traveling exhibitions; hosts lectures by eminent historians; administers a History Teacher of the Year Award in every state and U.S. territory; and offers national book prizes and fellowships for scholars to work in the Gilder Lehrman Collection as well as other renowned archives.

This module includes links to primary source documents, maps, and links to many other websites on this topic.

Westward Trail

A free game from the Global Game Network (similar to the game Oregon Trail). The object of the game is to travel across the Oregon Trail to the Willamette Valley.