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Exhibit in Museum Main Gallery

A vision or mirage?

The American Dream, from its earliest beginnings to today, has always been firmly rooted in the promise of a brighter future.

After gold was discovered in California in 1848, thousands of new settlers began moving westward across the United States and north from Mexico to the western territories.

They came searching for a land of promise, full of opportunities.

For some it was a vision, for others it was a mirage.

Tempe History Museum Photo