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On the Santa Fe Trail

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On the Santa Fe Trail, a collection of first-hand accounts by nineteenth-century overlanders, offers an intensely personal view of that arduous trip. In retrospect, the history of the Santa Fe Trail—crossing forests, prairies, rivers, and deserts—seems overlayed with the gloss of romance and chivalry. It is set off by heroic attitudes and picturesque adventures. And it has left a deep imprint on one region of the American West.

The trail crossed parts of five modern states—Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico. From the perspective of the overland trade, those five are forever bound in historical communion. The route began in Missouri and ended, after almost a thousand miles, in New Mexico. But it was Kansas that claimed the largest share of the trail: from a beginning point at either Kansas City or Fort Leavenworth it angled across the entire state, exiting over four hundred miles later in the southwestern corner. It would be no exaggeration to say that trade and travel on the Santa Fe Trail derived much of its special flavor from the Kansas experience and that, in turn, the presence of the trail went a long way toward shaping the early history of the state.

Many participants in this story, overlanders of various kinds, wrote down what they saw and learned on the way to Santa Fe. It is with that in mind that Marc Simmons has here collected a dozen narratives and reports from the middle years of the trail's history—from the early 1840s to the late '60s--that is, just after New Mexico had passed into American hands. It was a period of intense Indian-white conflict and before the establishment of rail lines along the route. The authors of these narratives—among them several teenagers, a Spanish aristocrat, an Indian agent, a German immigrant lady, a government scout, and a young New Mexican drover of the peon class—qualify as plain folk who, without quite intending to, got swept up in the westering adventure. Simmons has written an introduction to the collection and to each of the narratives.

Synopsis:

'One of the great strengths of this collection is its diversity; included are writings by an army major, Indian agent, German immigrant woman, and a New Mexican drover.... These travelers offer a wide and enlightening range of perspectives regarding the demanding conditions of the Santa Fe trail....' Glenda Riley, author of Women and Indians on the Frontier

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction

1. Report of Manuel Alvarez, 1842

2. Report on Winter Travel, 1852

3. Trail Letter by Michael Steck, 1852

4. James M. Fugate's Adventures, 1853

5. Narrative by Hezekiah Brake, 1858

6. David Kellogg's Diary, 1858

7. Henry Smith's Recollections, 1863

8. Ernestine Franke Huning's Diary, 1863

9. Reminiscences of George E. Vanderwalker, 1864

10. Major John C. McFerran's Report and Journal, 1865

11. Captain Charles Christy's Memoirs, 1867

12. Jose Librado Gurule's Recollections, 1867

Appendix A. To Santa Fe via athe Cimarron Cut-off

Appendix B. To Santa Fe via the Bent's Fort Route

Recommended Readings

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700603169
Editor:
Simmons, Marc
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Editor:
Simmons, Marc
Author:
Simmons, Marc
Location:
Lawrence, Kan. :
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - West - General
Subject:
Diaries
Subject:
Pioneers
Subject:
West
Subject:
Pioneers -- West (U.S.) -- Diaries.
Subject:
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
Subject:
West (U.S.) Description and travel.
Subject:
Travel-US Western States
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 139-140.
Series Volume:
bd. XL
Publication Date:
19861218
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.52x5.54x.38 in. .44 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 'One of the great strengths of this collection is its diversity; included are writings by an army major, Indian agent, German immigrant woman, and a New Mexican drover.... These travelers offer a wide and enlightening range of perspectives regarding the demanding conditions of the Santa Fe trail....' Glenda Riley, author of Women and Indians on the Frontier
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