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Paul Lasley has been a professional journalist and broadcaster specializing in travel since the days when flying was fun. His travel reports are heard daily on American Forces Radio in most countries on the planet and at his Web site, OnTravel.com. Paul is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

 

 

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OnTravel in the West / Paul Lasley

Death Valley: An Almost Mystical Place of Legends and Stories

Death Valley: An Almost Mystical Place of Legends and StoriesKeep a lookout for them as you drive the road to Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park. If you are watchful, you'll see the wagon tracks as they cut across the desert landscape and disappear into the distant hills.

Looking as fresh as yesterday, these tracks were made more than a hundred years ago by wagon trains seeking a shortcut to California. The tragedy of those early wagon trains is written all across the West.
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Many Surprises Await at the National Museum of the American Indian (Part 2)

Many Surprises Await at the National Museum of the American Indian (Part 2)The Indian culture on view at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. isn't what many expect. Take the newest exhibit this summer, "Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America" in the Sealaska Gallery. It has rare photographs and objects celebrating the skateboard in Native American life.

Bet you hadn't thought of that as an Indian sport.
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A Must-See: the National Museum of the American Indian (Part 1)

A Must-See: the National Museum of the American Indian (Part 1)There are spectacular artifacts and stunning works of native art in the National Museum of the American Indian, located on the Mall in Washington D.C. But if you expect just great examples of art and artifacts, you'll miss the point.

This is a museum on a mission - to create a link between the past and the present and to reveal to the visitor the vibrant lives and cultures of native peoples of the Americas and how they live today. And that fits with our mission here at OldWestNewWest.Com Travel & History Magazine where we explore those links for all who enjoy the West, past and present.
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This Old Nevada Boom Town Has Much for You to Explore

This Old Nevada Boom Town Has Much for You to ExploreThis year marks the 150th anniversary of Virginia City, once a thriving Old West metropolis of some 30,000 residents located 24 miles east of Carson City and Reno, Nevada.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the city one of the 12 most distinctive destinations in America. Trust representatives presented the award at the historic Piper's Opera House.
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Don’t Let The West Slip Through Your Fingers

Don’t Let The West Slip Through Your FingersWith 2008 (thankfully) in the record books, and a new year ahead of us, I'm sorry to say there remain news reports of government initiatives designed to make it easier to open wild lands and wilderness areas to mineral exploration and other uses. This news got me to thinking about the environment that makes up the West.

Before you think I'm going to extol the virtues of wilderness above all else, let me state that I believe in-and support-the multi-generational ranches that have contributed so much to the health of our range land. Family ranchers understand the need to protect the open range in ways that few others can grasp.
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Spending a Weekend With Wild Mustangs

Spending a Weekend With Wild MustangsMy horse sensed them first. We were riding up a wash to a line cabin in the Nevada high desert, under a full moon that bathed the world in silvery light, when the horses whinnied and snorted.

I was out inspecting watering tanks and fences on a ranch. Up ahead in the gray shadows a stallion gathered his mares and foals and headed up the rise, hooves barely audible on the rocky soil. Keeping their distance from man and civilization, mustangs provide an echo of the Old West in ways like nothing else can.
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