Discover Edward Fitzgerald Beale, a forgotten hero whose accomplishments were crucial to the landscape of the American west.
Edward “Ned” Fitzgerald Beale was a Mexican War hero, a friend of Kit Carson, John Freemont, and Ulysses S. Grant, and a key player in the development of the American West. Beale played a critical role in the California gold rush, and built the wagon road that would become the route for the Transcontinental Railroad. Beale helped charter a humanitarian policy protecting Native Americans in the 1850s. Yet most people have never heard his name. Join National Parks Store Assistant Manager Bill Niehaus for a closer look at this rarely celebrated national figure. Niehaus will bring Beale into the spotlight with stories of his many accomplishments—accomplishments that embodied a time period and shaped the landscape and history of the American West.
12PM & 2PM
Event Category: Presentations
Event Tags: free, history, Old West, presentation, the West