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Taylor-Fillmore & Pierce Administrations : Men and Women of the Frontier : Frontier Life
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Administrations of Zachary Taylor (1849 - 1850), Millard Fillmore (1850 – 1853), & Franklin Pierce (1853 - 1857)

  • Zachary Taylor: This page of images focuses on Taylor's role as a general in the war against Mexico.

  • General Taylor: Three more images of Taylor in the battles at Buena Vista and three portraits.

  • President Taylor: Six illustrations of President Taylor, who died just 16 months into his term.

  • Millard Fillmore: Six portraits of Millard Fillmore, the Vice President under Zachary Taylor, who assumed office at the time of Taylor's death.

  • President Fillmore: Six images of President Fillmore, our 13th president.

  • Franklin Pierce: These images show Pierce, a Democrat who served in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and later took part in the Mexican-American War and became a brigadier general.

  • President Pierce: Six portraits of the 14th President of the United States.

  • President Franklin Pierce: The last of three pages of portraits of President Pierce, who was widely criticized for his support of the Kansas-Nebraska Act and repeal of the Missouri Compromise.

  • Daniel Webster: Seven pictures the successful lawyer who served as the United States' 14th and 19th Secretary of State.

  • Arctic Exploration: Nine illustrations of Dr. Elisha Kent Kane's expedition to the Arctic region between 1850 - 1853.

Men and Women of the Frontier

  • Christopher Carson: Six illustrations of the American frontiersman, with his horse, his wife, and employed as a horse trainer.

  • Kit Carson: Scenes of Carson being treed by a grizzly bear, in a duel, saving a friend, and confronting a lion and a wounded buffalo.

  • Kit Carson Pictures: Nine more pictures including Carson saving and being rescued by John Fremont, killing a horse thief, and conducting emigrants across the Sierra Nevada.

  • Daniel Boone: Images of the American pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman whose exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States.

  • Daniel Boone Pictures: These pictures show Boone's first glimpse of Kentucky, dressing as an Indian, meeting his brother, and rescuing his daughter.

  • Pictures of Daniel Boone: Six more pictures of Boone show him pounding corn, putting a notch in his bear tree, rescuing his daughter, and trailing Indians.

  • Bill Hickok: A figure in the American Old West, these six illustrations show scenes of him in a duel, fighting fifteen soldiers, and escaping from the Indians.

  • Wild Bill Hickok: This page has illustrations Wild Bill Hickok fighting Cinnamon Bear, surprising a sleepy sentinel, and fighting with the McCandless gang.

  • Wild Bill: This page shows Wild Bill looking down on Deadwood, shooting wolves, punishing a bogus character, and in a fight with the McCandless gang.

  • James Butler Hickok: Illustrations of the assassination of Hickok while playing poker in a Dakota Territory saloon, an engraving of his gravesite, and more.

  • Davy Crockett: Davy Crockett was a celebrated 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician. This page has several of his portraits.

  • David Crockett: Images of the “King of the Wild Frontier," show him fighting at the Battle of Talladoga, making a stump speech, and figthing at the Alamo.

  • Davy Crockett Pictures: These pictures show Crockett pursuing a herd of buffalo, encountering a cougar, his reception at Louisville, and his heroic death at Alamo.

  • Buffalo Bill: William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West. This page has a number of portraits and a picture of him in a duel with Yellow Hand.

  • Buffalo Bill Cody: These scenes from the life of Cody show him in tight situation and corraling buffalo.

  • Bill Cody: An American soldier, bison hunter and showman, Cody was born in the Iowa Territory in 1846. This page has scenes of him as a showman touring England and perfoming a marriage ceremony.

  • William Cody: These six images of William Cody show him in costume, show his house, and show him interacting with Native Americans.

  • William Frederick Cody: Cody was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1872 for "gallantry in action" while serving as a civilian scout for the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and toured for ten years in his Wild West show.

  • California Joe: Six images of California Joe--gunfighter, trapper, miner, and golddigger. He was a friend of Wild Bill Hickok, served with Kearney during the Mexican War, and was a scout for Kearney and Custer. He was shot in the back after a quarrel with a man named Tom Newcomb.

  • Simon Kenton: Six images show Simon Kenton, famous United States frontiersman and friend of Daniel Boone. There are pictures here of him resuing Boone and being tortured by Indians.

  • Pioneer Women: These illustrations of pioneer women range from showing a a group at a quilting bee to Mrs. Daviess capturing a Kentucky robber.

  • Frontier Women: Six more images depicting the fortitude and bravery of women on the Western frontier.

Frontier Life

  • Westward Expansion: Six images showing emigrants on the St. Lawrence River, crossing the mountains, defending a wagon train, and more.

  • Western Expansion: Pictures of pioneer travelers, emigrants on their way to Oregon, and a New England farmhouse.

  • Westward Movement: Pictures of pioneers traveling west, Emigrants crossing the plains, and settlers moving west along the Cumberland Road.

  • American West: A scene in Texas, a map of the Northwest Territories, and other scenes of the West.

  • Western Frontier: Illustrations of a hickory-pole election, an emigrant party on the road to California, a pioneer's home, a Nez Perce camp, and a map of the Cumberland Road.

  • American Frontier: Six images, including frontier settlers in Minnesota, a planter's residence, and a mountain still.

  • American Pioneers: These drawings show a family encampment, a man making flapjacks, a narrow escape from buffaloes, and a pioneer family.

  • Pioneer Life: These engravings show an early settlement in Arkansas, a lumbering scene, and illustrations of pioneer homes.

  • Pioneer Farms: Seven depictions of pioneer farms, including farmsteads in Missouri, Montana, and Dakota, and a California farm house and vineyard.

  • Frontier Life: A blacksmith at work, a dispute over a brand, emigration to the Mississippi Valley and the Ohio River, and Indians attacking mail carriers.

  • American Forts: Three pictures of Fort Washington, Cincinnati, and pictures of Fort Harrison, Fort Dearborn, and Fort McHenry.

Discovery of Gold

  • California Gold Rush: The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill, in Coloma, California. This page shows two pictures of Sutter's Mill, hydraulic mining, and other miners searching for treasure.

  • Gold Miners: Among these engravings of Gold Miners are images of placer mining, gold washing in California, gold digging, and a miner using a rocker to sift for gold.

  • California Gold Rush Pictures: These California Gold Rush Pictures show Sutter's Mill, a mine locomotive, a California mining camp of 1849, miners, and vigilantes.

Early San Francisco

  • San Francisco History: Engravings of San Francisco in 1835, '47, and '50. There are also images of the Palace Hotel and Charles Crockers' mansion.

  • Old San Francisco: These pictures of Old San Francisco show Mission Dolores, Union Square, Washington Alley, and City Hall.

  • San Francisco Pictures: More San Francisco pictures depict Montgomery Street, the Bank of California, the Hall of Records, the interior of a Chinese Joss-House, the Baldwin Hotel, and the Lotta Fountain.

Government Buildings

  • White House Pictures: Seven White House pictures of the exterior of the building and interior rooms such as the Blue Parlor and the State dining room.

  • U.S. Capitol: Six drawings of the U.S. Capitol show the Capitol being built, what it looked life after the fire in 1814, and a plan of the principal story.

  • U.S. Capitol Building: Six more U.S. Capitol Building images give views from Pennsylvania Avenue, a sectional view of the dome, the western facade, and the eastern grand staircase.

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