Really Old Pictures These remarkable 19th century sepia-tinted pictures show the American West as you have never seen it before - as it was charted for the first time.
At the time federal government officials were travelling across Arizona, Nevada, Utah and the rest of the west as they sought to uncover the land's untapped natural resources.
Native Americans: The Pah-Ute (Paiute) Indian group, near Cedar, Utah in a picture from 1872. Government officials were chartering the land for the first time as part of Lt. George M. Wheeler's survey west of the One Hundredth Meridian which O'Sullivan accompanied the Lieutenant on. During this expedition O'Sullivan nearly drowned in the Truckee River which runs from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake, located in northwestern Nevada when his boat got jammed against rocks.