West Virginia Standards
SS.5.G.1. Students will explain how aspects of the terrain (e.g., the principal mountain ranges, rivers, vegetation and climate of the region, etc.) affected westward travel and settlement.
SS.5.H.CL3. Demonstrate an understanding of the advances in transportation and its effect on Western Expansion.
SS.5.H.CL3.1. Students will illustrate how railroads affected development of the West (e.g., ease of travel, influence on trade and impact on environment, etc.)
SS.5.H.CL3.2. Students will compare and contrast conflicts between various groups in the West (e.g., miners, ranchers, cowboys, Native Americans, Mexican Americans and European and Asian immigrants, etc.).