The Pioneer, wood engraving by A.R. Waud, Harpers Weekly, January, 1868.
This image available for
photographic prints & downloads
Many of these pioneers were the first people to enter or settle a region on the
American Frontier. From the moment that Christopher Columbus landed in 1492, all the way
up to the 20th Century, ordinary people kept pushing the boundaries westward all
the way to the Pacific Ocean and northward to Alaska.
adventurous folks left civilization behind, following rivers, crossing great
plains, and scaling mountains, in order to find new and better lives for
themselves. Often, they faced hardships and dangers as they made their way
through unknown territory, suffering from severe weather, Indian attacks,
starvation, rugged terrain, and numerous other perils.
there were literally thousands of these brave people, this list identifies some
of the more notable figures in
Frontier: A region just beyond or at the
edge of a settled area.