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50 Important Photos Taken in Every State

These are some of the most important moments captured in every state in America.

VARIOUS Montgomery, Alabama: 1956. Rosa Parks seated toward the front of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama.Underwood Archives/UIG/Shutterstock

Alabama

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.

VARIOUS Dexter, Alaska: June 20, 1902. A gold miner panning for gold in Alaska.Underwood Archives/UIG/Shutterstock

Alaska

1902: Dexter, Alaska. A gold miner pans for gold in Alaska during the Great Nome Gold Rush, which lasted from 1899 to 1909. Check out these photos that prove Alaska is a winter wonderland.

Art (History) - various GERONIMO (Goyathlay, "One who Yawns"), 1829-1909 Apache Indian Chief (crouching, foreground) and Chiricahua Indians at Fort Bowie, Arizona, USA,1880s, after their surrender to U.S. army, showing worn-out moccasins (because of being kept on the move by troops, they had no time to kill stock and make new shoes)The Art Archive/Shutterstock

Arizona

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.

LITTLE ROCK INTEGRATION, LITTLE ROCK, USAAP/Shutterstock

Arkansas

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.

Art (Social History) - various Portrait of Florence Johnson and two of her seven children, from the Migrant Mother series, photographed in Nipomo, California, February or March 1936 (Dorothea Lange)The Art Archive/Shutterstock

California

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.

TOURISTS AT THE RUINS IN MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO, AMERICAAllen Traber/Shutterstock

Colorado

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.

USS NAUTILUS, GROTON, USAAP/Shutterstock

Connecticut

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.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, Wilmington, USAAP/Shutterstock

Delaware

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.

APOLLO 11, 1ST MANNED LANDING ON THE MOON - JUL 1969NASA/CNP/Shutterstock

Florida

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.

MLK Leads Demonstration, Atlanta, USAHorace Cort/AP/Shutterstock

Georgia

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.

WORLD WAR II - PEARL HARBOR, AMERICA - 07 DEC 1941Shutterstock

Hawaii

1941: Honolulu, Hawaii. U.S. ships sink in Pearl Harbor after being bombed by Japanese troops. Twenty American ships were destroyed, and more than 2,400 lives were lost. Here’s how every state in America got its name.

Atomic Energy, USAAP/Shutterstock

Idaho

1951: Idaho Falls, Idaho. The first output of usable nuclear electricity was generated in Idaho by a team of 16 scientists in 1951. Do you know these facts on nuclear energy?

London Olympics Worlds Fair, Chicago, USAUncredited/AP/Shutterstock

Illinois

1893: Chicago, Illinois. The very first Ferris wheel debuted at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893. Here’s why Chicago is known as the “Windy City.”

VARIOUS Two Young Girls at Spoolers, Lincoln Cotton Mills, Evansville, Indiana, USA, Lewis Hine for National Child Labor Committee, October 1908Glasshouse Images/Shutterstock

Indiana

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.

Farmers visit state Capitol Relief, Des Moines, USAAP/Shutterstock

Iowa

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.

School Segregation 5 Things, Topeka, USAUncredited/AP/Shutterstock

Kansas

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.

VARIOUS Start of Horse Race, Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, circa 1907Glasshouse Images/Shutterstock

Kentucky

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?

US Hurricanes-Most Intense, New Orleans, USAEric Gay/AP/Shutterstock

Louisiana

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.

Bar Harbor Forest Fire, Bar Harbor, USAAbe Fox/AP/Shutterstock

Maine

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.

CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE, BALTIMORE, USAAP/Shutterstock

Maryland

1952: Baltimore, Maryland. The final span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is put into place. The bridge, which is 4.3 miles long, is one of the largest over-water structures in the world. Here are some of the longest bridges in the world.

Breaking The Gender Barrier 1967Anonymous/AP/Shutterstock

Massachusetts

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.

VARIOUS Detroit, Michigan: 1927 Henry Ford (left) and Edsel Ford with the original 1896 Quadricycle and the 15th millionth Ford Model T.Underwood Archives/Shutterstock

Michigan

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.

Malls, Edina, USALarry Salzman/AP/Shutterstock

Minnesota

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.

ESCORT TO CLASS, OXFORD, USAJl/AP/Shutterstock

Mississippi

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.

Dewey Defeats Truman, St. Louis, USAByron Rollins/AP/Shutterstock

Missouri

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.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, USAAP/Shutterstock

Montana

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.

Various 1880's Custer County, Nebraska - Farmhouse Made From Sod. Often The Only Building Material On The Treeless American PlainsNara Archives/Shutterstock

Nebraska

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.

MAIN STREET LAS VEGAS, LAS VEGAS, USATs/AP/Shutterstock

Nevada

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.

Old Man Economy, FRANCONIA, USAJim Cole/AP/Shutterstock

New Hampshire

2003: Franconia, New Hampshire. The stone face of The Old Man of the Mountain has been a symbol of New Hampshire for many years. This photo was taken shortly before the landmark crumbled in 2003. Here are 12 of the most overlooked landmarks in America.

GERMANY ZEPPELIN RETURNS, LAKEHURST, USAAP/Shutterstock

New Jersey

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.

Atomic City-AppUncredited/AP/Shutterstock

New Mexico

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?

Germany Hamburg Alfred Eisenstaedt, Hamburg, GermanyJockel Finck/AP/Shutterstock

New York

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.

VARIOUS Kitty Hawk, North Carolina: December 17, 1903 Orville Wright flying during the first powered and sustained flight while Wilbur is on the ground at right.Underwood Archives/UIG/Shutterstock

North Carolina

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.

Art Cowboys around chuck wagons, 1887 in the Dakota TerritoryBill Manns/Shutterstock

North Dakota

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.

KENT STATE PROTESTS, KENT, USAAP/Shutterstock

Ohio

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.

Garland Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City , USAAP/Shutterstock

Oklahoma

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.

American Settlers Cross the Oregon Region, 1900Historia/Shutterstock

Oregon

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.

VARIOUS U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (without Hat below Flag slightly right) Standing Amongst Crowd during Dedication of Soldier's National Cemetery where he Delivered his Famous Speech, the Gettysburg Address, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA, November 19, 1863Glasshouse Images/Shutterstock

Pennsylvania

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.

Vanquishing The Vanderbilts, Newport, USAUnknown/AP/Shutterstock

Rhode Island

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.

Historical Collection 300-pounder (140kg) Parrott Gun Used by the Federals Against Fort Sumter and Fort Wagner Even After It Had Been Damaged by Explosion During the American Civil WarMary Evans/Shutterstock

South Carolina

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?

VARIOUS Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota: c. 1938. Workmen on the faces of Mount Rushmore. Roosevelt has the scaffolding over his face.Underwood Archives/UIG/Shutterstock

South Dakota

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.

MLK Assassination, Memphis, USAAnonymous/AP/Shutterstock

Tennessee

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.

KENNEDY ASSASSINATION, DALLAS, USAJim Altgens/AP/Shutterstock

Texas

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.

VARIOUS Promontory Point, Utah: May 10, 1869. Completion of the first transcontinental railroad with the Central Pacific Railroad coming from Sacramento, and the Union Pacific Railroad building out from Chicago. The two railroads started the project six years earlier, in 1863.Underwood Archives/UIG/Shutterstock

Utah

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.

VARIOUS Father and Son on Sled with Vat full of Sap from Sugar Maple Trees, Waitsfield, Vermont, USA, Marion Post Wolcott for Farm Security Administration, April 1940Glasshouse Images/Shutterstock

Vermont

1940: Waitsfield, Vermont. A father and son help collect sap from sugar maple trees. Vermont is the country’s largest producer of maple syrup. Check out this must-see in Vermont.

VARIOUS Ulysses Grant After the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia, USA, June 1864Glasshouse Images/Shutterstock

Virginia

1864: Cold Harbor, Virginia. Ulysses S. Grant after the Battle of Cold Harbor. He stands proud because the Union won that battle. Here are 16 of the best American cities for history buffs.

Art - various Eruption of Mount St. Helens, with Mount Rainier, Washington, in the background, July 22, 1980F&A Archive/Shutterstock

Washington

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.

VARIOUS Coal Miners Ready for Next Shift into Mines, Maidsville, West Virginia, USA, Marion Post Wolcott for Farm Security Administration, September 1938Glasshouse Images/Shutterstock

West Virginia

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?

VARIOUS Chicago & North Western Railway Station, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Detroit Publishing Company, 1890'sGlasshouse Images/Shutterstock

Wisconsin

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.

VARIOUS Riverside Geyser is a geyser in Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The geyser is located on the Fire hole River within the Upper Geyser Basin. The geyser shoots steam and water to heights of 75 feet (23 m) in an arch over the river, sometimes causing brilliant rainbows. The eruptions occur every 5 to 7 hours.Universal History Archive/UIG/Shutterstock

Wyoming

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.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for rd.com or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.