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Rise of Industrial America
The American West
The Architecture of the West

Historian Patricia Limerick has called the 19th-century West a "crossroads of cultures." What do you think she meant by this phrase? Can you see evidence of the crossroads of cultures in the photographs below? These images were taken from Detroit Publishing Company, and show architecture of the West in the 1880s and 1890s. What cultures are represented in the architecture portrayed here? How might you find evidence of other cultures present in the West but not represented in the photos?

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Denver, 1898

Denver, Colorado, 1898

taos pueblo

Pueblo de Taos, New Mexico, 1891(?)

L.A. mission

Old Mission Church, Los Angeles, California, between 1880 and 1899

salt lake city

Salt Lake City, Utah, 1896

laguna, new mexico

The Old Carreta, Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico, 1890

ranchita

A Mexican Home (ranchita), between 1880 and 1897


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