Ho! For the Gold Fields: Northern Overland Wagon Trains of the 1860's

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Between 1862 and 1867, eight wagon trains carrying at least 1,400 people set out from Minnesota for the gold fields of Montana. These carefully edited letters and diaries trace their progress, revealing their day-to-day experiences, their success—or lack of it—in finding gold, and their lives in bustling mining settlements. “Private dreams of quick fortunes in El Dorado and public dreams of commercial empire and national greatness” moved the emigrants, writes Helen McCann White in her introduction, which places the three-month expeditions in their broader historical context and interprets their significance for the development of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Montana. An appendix identifies more than 850 members of the trains.

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Helen McCann White has written and edited many books and magazine articles about nineteenth-century Minnesota culture and activities. She is the founding editor of the Dalles Visitor (Taylors Falls, Minnesota).

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