This PowerPoint presentation examines the use of western lands during the latter half of the 19th century. It begins by examining the ways in which the land was "made profitable." It very briefly examines the construction of railroads, the growth of farming, mining and gold fever, and cattle ranching and cowboys. It concludes with an in depth examination of Turner's Thesis and the impact of the frontier of the unique character of America. This presentation is used in an Advanced Placement United States history class, and is based on parts of Chapter 26 of The American Pageant, 14th ed.