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San Francisco and the 1849 Gold Rush

The California Gold Rush was an important part of American history and in the shaping of the country itself. The discovery of gold in Northern California fueled a massive movement westward and to the city of San Francisco in particular. The motto of the State of California, “Eureka”, was inspired by the gold rush. It…

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Lost America: The Reconstruction of 7 Great US Buildings

A brick and mortar building can elicit a sense of nostalgia and longing. But why are we so fascinated with the buildings of the past? Perhaps it’s the mix of familiarity and strangeness that draws us in – we see a street we know so well, but with a time-traveling intruder atop it. In celebration…

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A Guide to Researching the History of a House

If you live in a house that’s more than a few decades old, it’s natural to wonder about its history. Who built it, and when? Who lived there before you moved in? You might even wonder about the evolution of the home’s structure, as well as any changes made to it over time. If you’re…

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Supporting Local Communities

  HomeAdvisor is proud to take an active role in communities across the nation. We have contributed in many cities, including where our home office is based. In Denver, for example, we support: Dress for Success Denver MiCasa Food Bank of the Rockies Junior Achievement Special Olympics Children’s Hospital (named Community Partner of the Year…

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Take a Virtual Trip to Boston’s Freedom Trail

Settlers from Europe landed in the New World to establish a new life. Many of the settlements they created were in what are now Virginia and Massachusetts. Because of these early settlements, much of our nation’s founding history is centered around coastal former colonies such as Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. Each played important…

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Los Angeles: A Haunted History

Los Angeles, a city rich in life, known to the many as the city where people go to become stars. Like many places in the United States, L.A.’s earliest beginnings belong to Native Americans. The Chumash, Fernando (formerly Tataviam), and Tongva peoples had settled in the area. 1542 marked when explorers began scouting the land,…

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Symbols of the 50 US States

When we think about America, the first things that pop into our heads might be apple pie or baseball. But each individual state has its own character and symbols, too! They’re part of a whole, but they’re also unique parts of that whole. In this infographic, we’ll go state by state and share some of…

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Going Green in Denver

Denver, Colorado works daily to innovate private and public sectors to keep the environment green and glowing. Governor John Hickenlooper’s promise to plant a million trees in the city by 2025 will add more oxygen and increase the urban landscape. Denver International Airport is one of the greenest airports in the United States.

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History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy

Former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a pretty impressive family tree. By blood or marriage, he had ties to 11 other past presidents. While most people aren’t related (even by a shoestring) to a single world leader, tracing a family’s history is an exciting journey. Genealogy involves searching for the clues that link relatives…

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