50 Important Photos Taken in Every State
These are some of the most important moments captured in every state in America.
1956: Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Parks sits at the front of a bus after starting the movement to put an end to racism and desegregate public transportation. You’ll also want to look at these arrestingly beautiful photos that stand the test of time.
1886: Fort Bowie, Arizona. The Apache Indian Chief surrenders to the U.S. Army during the American Indian Wars in the Southwest. Here are 13 other facts about Native Americans that you didn’t learn in history class.
1957: Little Rock, Arkansas. Troops escort nine African American students into their first day of school at Central High School. The group, who became known as the Little Rock Nine, were the first to integrate the school. Check out the strangest roadside attraction in every state.
1936: Nipomo, California. A 32-year-old mother of seven struggles to find hope during the Great Depression. These are 20 vintage photos of what family time looked like 100 years ago.
2002: Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Mesa Verde National Park has more than 4,000 archeological sites, many of them being cliff dwellings. It’s among the top ten historical sites to see in the state. Check out the most historic landmarks in all 50 states.
1954: Groton, Connecticut. The USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered ship to be commissioned by the U.S. Navy, hits the water for the first time. If you’ve ever wondered what Navy SEAL training is really like, this is your chance to find out.
1937: Wilmington, Delaware. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and members of the president’s party attending the wedding of Franklin Roosevelt Jr. You won’t find these rarely seen photos in history books.
1969: Cape Canaveral, Florida. Apollo 11 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969. Soon after this photo was taken, the two astronauts on board, Neil Armstrong and Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin, became the first humans to set foot on the moon. Here are 24 amazing facts you didn’t know about NASA.
1966: Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leads a protest fighting for the rights of one African American who was refused a seat in the House of Representatives. Check out these rarely seen photos of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1951: Idaho Falls, Idaho. The first output of usable nuclear electricity was generated in Idaho by a team of 16 scientists in 1951.
1908: Evansville, Indiana. Two young girls work at a cotton mill in Indiana. The photographer of this photo, Lewis Hine was hired by the National Child Labor Committee to document abused child workers. Looking to relive the past? Take a step back in time at Conner Prairie in Indiana.
1933: Des Moines, Iowa. A group of angry farmers gathers outside the state capitol to demand relief from taxes, interest charges, and debts through legislation. Check out these 13 things you never knew about organic farming.
1964: Topeka, Kansas. Linda Brown stands outside of Sumner School, which refused to admit her when she was nine years old because she is black. This led to the Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit where the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the “separate but equal” clause and desegregated all schools. Check out the strangest fact about every U.S. state.
1907: Louisville, Kentucky. The first Kentucky Derby took place in 1875. This is one of the first photographed races. Do you know all 13 of the most famous horses from the Kentucky Derby?
2005: New Orleans, Louisiana. People wait on their roofs to be rescued in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This is how hurricanes get their names.
1947: Bar Harbor, Maine. Joseph Pulitzer stands outside the remains of his family’s estate which was burned in The Great Fire of 1947. The fire burned more than 220,000 acres, killed 16 people, and left thousands homeless. Beware of these ten household items that are extremely flammable.
1967: Boston, Massachusetts. Katherine Switzer, the first woman to ever run the Boston Marathon, completes the 26.2-mile race. Since the marathon was an all-male race, she registered under the name “K.V. Switzer” to hide her gender. Check out these other empowering stories of women throughout history.
1927: Detroit, Michigan. Henry Ford built the first Model T in 1908. Here he stands next to the 15 millionth Model T built and the original 1896 Quadricycle. This is what car brands looked like 50 years ago.
1986: Edina, Minnesota. The first shopping mall, the Southdale Shopping Center, opened in Edina in 1956. It included 72 stores and two major department stores. It’s pictured here on its 30th anniversary. Check out these 50 astonishing facts you never knew about the 50 states.
1962: Oxford, Mississippi. James Meredith, the first black person to be admitted to the University of Mississippi, gets escorted to class. This is what school was like 100 years ago.
1948: St. Louis, Missouri. President Harry S. Truman holds up a copy of the Chicago Daily Tribune that mistakenly announced that Dewey beat him to a crowd in Union Station. Check out these 52 astonishing facts you didn’t know about U.S. presidents.
1934, Glacier National Park, Montana. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Glacier National Park holding a peace pipe from the Black Feet Indian Tribe. Here are 25 vintage photos of America’s National Parks.
1880: Custer County, Nebraska. An early farming family stands outside of their home, made from sod. Since there are few trees on the plains it was one of the few building materials they could use. These are the most incredible underwater photos ever taken.
1939: Las Vegas, Nevada. Main Street in Las Vegas is pictured here long before it became as built up as it is today. Check out these current Las Vegas attractions that aren’t casinos.
1937: Lakehurst, New Jersey. The German passenger airship, LZ 129 Hindenburg, bursts into flames as it attempts to land. Thirty-six people on board were killed. Check out these 50 pieces of airplane trivia you’ve always been curious about.
1945: Trinity Test site, New Mexico. The first atomic bomb was tested in New Mexico in 1945. The light from the mushroom cloud stretched 40,000 feet in the air. Do you know what the most famous invention from every state is?
1945: New York, New York. An American soldier kisses a woman in Times Square in celebration of the end of World War II. The photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt, is seen here proudly holding his picture. This is the best-kept secret in every state.
1903: Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright Brothers testing out their flying machine. Orville Wright is in the plane flying it while Wilbur monitors from the ground. Here are 20 vintage photos of how glamorous flying used to be.
1887: Dakota Territory, North Dakota. Cowboys are seated around their chuck wagons while exploring the Dakotas. Check out the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.
1970: Kent, Ohio. Students gather around one of their friends that was shot after National Guardsmen fired into the crowd during protests at Kent State University. Here are 12 iconic photos from protests that changed American history.
1995: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. On April 19, 1995, a bomb went off outside of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring many more. This anti-government attack was the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until September 11th. Check out these 13 powerful things surviving a terrorist attack taught me about life.
1900: Oregon Region. American settlers cross a river with their horses, wagons, and families. If you’re looking for adventure, check out these hidden gems in every state.
1963: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. President Abraham Lincoln giving his famous speech, the Gettysburg Address. Can you spot him in the crowd? After you do, read these 14 timeless Abraham Lincoln quotes.
1958: Newport, Rhode Island. This 70-room summer estate, named The Breakers, was built in 1895 by Cornelius Vanderbilt II. It is now a historic landmark and is open to the public. Check out these 15 historical photos of famous landmarks under construction.
1861: Fort Sumter, South Carolina. A Parrott gun used during the attack on Fort Sumter even though it had been previously damaged during the American Civil War. Do you know the answers to these 10 tricky U.S. war history questions?
1938: Keystone, South Dakota. Men work on constructing the faces on Mount Rushmore. The carving began in 1927 and wasn’t complete until 1941. These are 10 of the most controversial statues and monuments around the world.
1968: Memphis, Tennessee. Floral pieces line the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated while staying at a motel in Memphis. This is what every state in America is best and worst at.
1963: Dallas, Texas. This picture of President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, was taken one minute before he was assassinated. This is the last thing JFK said to Jackie before he died.
1869: Promontory Point, Utah. On May 10, 1869, the transcontinental railroad was completed in Utah. It connected both coasts of the United States. Here are some of the most scenic train rides to take across America.
1980: Cascade Mountains, Washington. In May of 1980, an earthquake under the mountain caused Mount St. Helens to erupt, becoming the largest volcanic eruption in U.S. history. Look at these rare, vintage photos of what life was like in the ’50s.
1938: Maidsville, West Virginia. Coal miners get ready for their next shift. Did you know that the first American roller coaster carried coal, not people?
1890: Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The gorgeous clocktower rises high into the sky at the Chicago and North Western Railway station in Milwaukee. These are the cheapest months of the year to visit all 50 states.
1900: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. An early shot of a geyser erupting in Yellowstone National Park. Next, check out these jaw-dropping photos of the world’s most beautiful countries.