A film on the history of U.S. soldiers. Various American landscape wide views, some with roads, some with natural features. Plains, deserts, mountains in the United States. A mountainous area in the western United States. A snowcapped mountain in the background. Three elderly United States Civil War veteran soldiers, both Union and Confederate, walking together in a American military cemetery. United States Army soldiers wearing helmets and marching at an Army base or encampment. U.S. soldiers marching on Constitution Avenue in Washington DC during a parade. They hold rifles and a soldier holds the U.S. flag. U.S. Army cavalry unit riding on horses in formation. Elevated view of an American city square with snow capped mountains rising in the background. Other American cities in the west with city center areas, pedestrians, and 1930s and 1940s automobiles on the roads. Cars parked at a large industrial factory with a water tower rising up. Aerial view of an urban, western United States city with a bridge over water in background. Aerial views of various American cities. United States Army infantry soldiers march along a road and then cavalry are seen galloping by on horses. A railroad train approaching the camera and then passing by at high speed, with views of the locomotive, cars, wheels, and railroad tracks. View of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Point of view shot from front of moving railroad train in Colorado on the edge of gorge near the Rocky Mountains. A river steamboat or paddle steamer with a bridge in the background. Men harvesting sugar cane in Cuba. Lock gates on the Panama Canal opening, as seen from a ship waiting to enter. A World War I memorial sculpture honoring American soldiers.
In a 1970 television program, host Lee Marvin talks about Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon on the Colorado River, in between Arizona and Nevada in the United States. Historical scenes from construction of the dam in the early 1930s. Crane lifts a number of workers on a raised platform. Worker comes down the mountain with the help of rope. Workers walk across bridge. Dynamite explosion dislodges rock for dam construction. The Hoover dam under construction. Rock blasting in the dam's diversion tunnels. Construction workers eat food in Anderson's Mess hall. Views of workers dining in the mess hall and the kitchen during food preparation. Includes interviews with workers Joe Kine, Tommy Nelson, and Doug Moore who participated in construction. Later aerial views of the Hoover Dam around 1970.
Monuments ruins of native American Indian civilizations in Arizona, United States. People sit at the side of a waterway near a ruin. They view the ruined monuments. Canyons, ridges, rock formations and water streams in Oak Creek Canyon. A 1930s car on a road in Oak Creek Canyon. Tourists look at the ruins prehistoric trees turned to stone in the Petrified Forest National Park. Close-up views of trees in the petrified forest, and of various cross-sections cut and polished. Elevated view of colorful ridges in the Painted Desert on the Little Colorado River. View of Sunset Crater and dried rock of old lava flows from the volcano. Scenes of the Grand Canyon and a man and woman looking out over the Grand Canyon. Montage of scenes of farmers, American Indians, prospectors, and miners in Arizona. Mining operations and smoke rises from the chimney of a smelting factory. Saguaro cactus plants with the setting sun behind at dusk.
A volcano cap being blasted for releasing ore, in Colorado, United States. Men carrying crates on their shoulders move down the side of a hill in a line and enter a tunnel. A man operating a lever and another bearded man giving instructions to him. The man presses the lever and a dynamite being blasted in a volcano cap. Huge smoke rises from the blast. Men stand and watch.
Aircraft in flight in the United States. An aircraft flies over the Grand Canyon of Colorado. United States Army Air Corps Curtiss P-6 Hawk aircraft in formation flight. Clouds in the background. Twin rudder of a USAAC Keystone LB-5A shows scattered cumulus cloud in the background. The aircraft in flight. Smoke rises from a forest fire. Mountain ranges.
Boy Scout Jamboree get-together in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States. Views of boy scout jamboree with tents at Colorado Springs. Flags of different nations are raised. Boy Scouts from all over the world assemble for the BSA's 5th National jamboree and 50th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America scouting movement. Giant cake for the ceremony. Boy Scouts get patches from a box. Sign: 'Choccolocco Council, Troop 53'. Boys erect the tents. Views of Colorado Springs surrounding mountains with various flags. Mountains in the background.