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The Wild West on 5 Bits a Day (Traveling on 5)by Joan Tapper
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Enjoy time-travel through the Old West . . . and enter a world of cowboys, Indians, and cavalry officers, legendary lawmen and gunslingers, gamblers, working girls with hearts of gold, and pioneers building a life on the frontier.
The time is 1880. Railroad travel to California is relatively easy, and you can ride a spur line to towns like Santa Fe, but getting to many places in the mountains and plains calls for a sense of adventure. Cowboys drive huge herds of cattle from Texas ranches to raucous Kansas railheads. The Earps and Doc Holliday are in Tombstone; Jesse James and Billy the Kid are still at large. Booming Leadville has just opened its famous opera house, while Virginia City reigns as Queen of the Comstock.
This rollicking guide to the Wild West draws on contemporary newspapers, memoirs, diaries, dime novels, and guidebooks as it invites you to . . .
Book News Annotation:
Tapper, author of several Southwest travel books, offers late 19th-century era travel advice about where to go, what to do, and where to stay, in the famous Old West, such as the fancy Tabor Hotel in bustling Leadville, CO. There are chapters devoted to must-see sights, famous and infamous people the traveler may meet, and entertainment options like visiting a saloon or gambling parlor. Companion volumes, authored separately, explore ancient Athens, Rome, Florence, and London in this same time traveling fashion. Many photographs and illustrations are included. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Board a stagecoach, meet Wyatt Earp, and raise the roof in a cow-town saloon--your guide to traveling, eating, drinking, and surviving in frontier America.
About the Author
Joan Tapper was the founding editor of National Geographic Traveler and editor of Islands Magazine and the author of The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of California, The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Southwest, The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Pacific Northwest, and The Wild West on 5 Bits a Day. She lives in California.
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