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The California Trail: An Epic with Many Heroes

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In 1841 and 1842 small groups of emigrants tried to discover a route to California passable by wagons. Without reliable maps or guides, they pushed ahead, retreated, detoured, split up, and regrouped, reaching their destination only at great cost of property and life. But they had found a trail, or cleared one, and by their mistakes had shown others how to take wagon trains across half a continent.

By 1844 a great migration was in progress. Each successive party learned from those who went before where to cross rivers and mountains, when to rest, when to forge ahead, and how to find food and water. Increased experience was translated into better wagon designs, improved understanding of climate and terrain, and better-supplied and -organized caravans.

George R. Stewart's California Trail describes the trail's year-by-year changes as weather conditions, new exploration, and the changing character of emigrants affected it. Successes and disasters (like the Donner party's fate) are presented in nearly personal detail. More than a history of the trail, this book tells how to travel it, what it felt like, what was feared and hoped for.

Synopsis:

In 1841 and 1842 small groups of emigrants tried to discover a route to California passable by wagons. Without reliable maps or guides, they pushed ahead, retreated, detoured, split up, and regrouped, reaching their destination only at great cost of property and life. But they had found a trail, or cleared one, and by their mistakes had shown others how to take wagon trains across half a continent.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803291430
Author:
Stewart, George Rippey
Publisher:
Unp - Bison Books
Author:
Stewart, George Rippey
Author:
Stewart, George R.
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
California
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Overland journeys to the pacific
Subject:
West
Subject:
California Trail.
Subject:
California National Historic Trail.
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
West (U.S.) Description and travel.
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 97-891
Publication Date:
October 1986
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus., maps
Pages:
339
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.03 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In 1841 and 1842 small groups of emigrants tried to discover a route to California passable by wagons. Without reliable maps or guides, they pushed ahead, retreated, detoured, split up, and regrouped, reaching their destination only at great cost of property and life. But they had found a trail, or cleared one, and by their mistakes had shown others how to take wagon trains across half a continent.
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