|The following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.|
The exact history of the Iron Rivers tribe is unclear. They are said to have come from some place to the West many years ago, and to have once been part of another tribe but have become ostracized. They survived many hardships before finally coming to the "Great Circle", known as Circle Junction to outsiders, where they have lived ever since. The Iron Rivers tribe was led to Circle Junction, following the path of a great roaring machine that had disappeared. They believe it to be a sign that the old world is waking up.
|End of information based on Van Buren.|
Not to long after Caesar's Legion came into being, Circle Junction fell under the sphere of influence of the Legion, though not conquered. It is used as breeding grounds, where the Legion periodically invades to gather slaves.
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Circle Junction was part of Chris Avellone's role-playing campaign that Van Buren was based on, but was cut from the game early in its development. However, mentions of it remain in various design documents. It is mentioned in Lonesome Road.
- Circle Junction design notes by Chris Avellone
- Chris Avellone's tweet: "@Francis1605 In my world, it's [Circle Junction] been Legionized recently, although not conquered by them - it's more like going shopping for slaves." in reply to "@ChrisAvellone thats cool-dont suppose you care to guess whats happened to the Iron Lines: consumed by caesar's legion, part of the ncr etc?".
- The Courier: "Why would I have brought it here?"
Ulysses: "I've walked the East. You've walked the West, more than I have. Circle Junction. Reno. Vault City. Word of you at Fort Aradesh... Fort Abandon. Even further West than that, Brahmin drives on the Big Circle. Whatever you saw out there, wasn't enough to make you stay. Maybe the markings on the package reminded you of the road home."