Whether for land, a chance for a new life, or for gold, California was the magnet that drew thousands of people during the 1840s, 50s and into the 60s. The California Trail was the way many emigrants and Argonauts chose.
William Hill's book takes the reader there, starting at the various jumping-off places, across the Great Plains, the Rockies, the deserts, and finally over the Sierra Nevada. It examines the trail s historical development, alternate routes, and some of the available maps and guidebooks. Its extensive use of diaries enhances the reader s experience. Three diarists vividly describe the dreaded crossing of the Forty-Mile Desert and the Sierras. Especially impressive are its nearly 175 first-hand trail illustrations paired with relevant diary entries, comments and matching present-day photos. Most of the historic sites, fine museums and displays along the trail are also described.
Revised from earlier edition published by Tamarack Books in 1993.
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Book Description Tamarack Books, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Includes reproductions of old maps and prints as well as modern photographs of the areas. This is an unused book from the warehouse of a former new-book distributor. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000098829
Book Description Tamarack Books, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0963483927
Book Description Tamarack Books, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110963483927
Book Description Tamarack Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0963483927 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1483789