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Wah-To-Yah and the Taos Trail: Or Prairie Travel and Scalp Dances, with a Look at Los Rancheros from Muleback and the Rocky Mountain Campfireby Lewis H Garrard
Synopses & Reviews
In 1846 young Lewis H. Garrard traveled into the wild Rocky Mountain West and left this fresh and vigorous account, which, says A.B. Guthrie, Jr., contained "the genuine article — the Indian, the trader, the mountain man, their dress and behavior and speech and the country and climate they lived in."
"Into the adventure come such great names as Kit Carson, Lucien Maxwell, Narcisse Beaubien, and Jim Beckwourth....the general reader will...relish the chapter entitled 'Wah-to-yah' (the Indian name for the Twin Spanish Peaks, which dominate the landscape north of Raton Pass). This deals not with the majestic mountains themselves but with the imagined regions beneath where the garrulous John Hatcher met the Devil. Of that Mountain Man's abundant store of tall tales, this is the most hilarious." Montana, the Magazine of Western History
"One of the very few truly great, authentic classics of the far West." San Francisco Chronicle
In the bright morning of his youth Lewis H. Garrard traveled into the wild and free Rocky Mountain West and left us this fresh and vigorous account, which, says A. B. Guthrie, Jr., contains in its pages "the genuine article-the Indian, the trader, the mountain man, their dress, and behavior and speech and the country and climate they lived in."
On September 1, 1846, Garrard, then only seventeen years old, left Westport Landing (now Kansas City) with a caravan, under command of the famous trader Cand#233;ran St. Vrain, bound for Bent's Fort (Fort William) in the southeastern part of present-day Colorado. After a lengthy visit at the fort and in a camp of the Cheyenne Indians, early in 1847 he joined the little band of volunteers recruited by William Bent to avenge the death of his brother, Governor Charles Bent of Taos, killed in a bloody but brief Mexican and Indian uprising in that New Mexican pueblo. In fact, Garrard's is the only eyewitness account we have of the trial and hanging of the "revolutionaries" at Taos.
Many notable figures of the plains and mountains dot his pages: traders St. Vrain and the Bents; mountain men John L. Hatcher, Jim Beckwourth, Lucien B. Maxwell, Kit Carson, and others; various soldiery traveling to and from the outposts of the Mexican War; and explorer and writer George F. Ruxton.
About the Author
Hector Lewis Garrard (alias Lewis H. Garrard) returned in the summer of 1847 to his home in Cincinnati, where he studied medicine and perhaps law. One of the early settlers of southeastern Minnesota and a man of civic consequence, he finally went back to Cincinnati, where he died at the age of fifty-eight.
A. B. Guthrie, JR., Reporter, editor, and teacher, author of The Big Sky and The Way West, and winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Fiction, A. B. GUTHRIE, JR., needs no introduction to American readers. His enthusiasm for Garrard's book sets the reader on his way in full possession of the background.
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