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Feb 21st
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In celebration of the City of St. Louis' 250th anniversary, on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, the National Park Service will host free special events to recognize the rich history of the city and the deep passion of its early founders.

At 11 a.m., living history portrayers will re-enact when Auguste Chouteau returned to the spot Pierre Laclede marked as the site of a fur trading post west of the Mississippi River.
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Union Pacific Railroad will continue its year-long sesquicentennial anniversary celebration with a huge, two-day signature event at California's Old Sacramento Sept. 29-30, 2012.

The free event will commemorate 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln created the original Union Pacific by signing the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862.
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Ever dream of being in an old Western, where you mosey into the saloon, holsters and chaps on, ready for the bartender to pour you a brew, and a table waiting for a round of fearless poker?

Well, walking down the boardwalk in Montana's Virginia City you can easily imagine just that. A short drive from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park and the fine fishing burg of Ennis, Mont., Virginia City and neighboring Nevada City are two old mining towns that are mostly in tack as they were in the 1800s when the Montana gold rush was in full swing.
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Just in time for the 2011 summer influx of tourists, San Francisco's historic California Street Cable Car Line is running again after a six-month pause to make street infrastructure upgrades.

One of three cable car lines in the City, the California Street line runs east to west and carries passengers from the Financial District, through the famous Chinatown, up over Nob Hill, stopping at Van Ness Avenue.
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With a population approaching 4 million, it's hard to think of glitzy Los Angeles as anything more than a megalopolis (second largest city in the U.S.) made up of movie stars, really wacky people (oops, did we just repeat ourselves?) and - palm trees.

At one time, however, Los Angeles was nothing more than a dry, coastal land of grasses, chaparral and rattlesnakes, occupied by members of the Tongva - Native Americans who lived throughout the Los Angeles basin including the offshore islands.

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