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In 1884, with a job offer to become City Editor of the Los Angeles Times, Charles Fletcher Lummis determined to walk to his new job from Ohio, covering over 3,500 miles through 8 states and territories. He witnessed and documented the end of the old American West and the beginning of the modern age, which picked new winners and losers. In this first person narrative, never before recorded as an audio book, Lummis describes the invasion of the West by investors, forcing out small miners and ranchers. He sees the last of the buffalo, is nearly murdered by prisoners, visits the Southwest Indian pueblos before there were highways, befriends a dog who goes mad, performs self surgery while alone in the wild, is nearly frozen in a blizzard and meets the great colorful characters of the American West.
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Adventurous author, passionate Indian rights activist, pioneering reporter, workaholic newspaper editor, librarian, poet, anthropologist and archeologist, Charles Fletcher Lummis was a great colorful individualist, who explored and popularized the facts and legends of the American Southwest.Review:
"Lummis walked from Ohio to California in 1884, and in the journal he published in 1892 he calls his saga 'the simple story of joy on legs.' In a vivid style he tells of losing his way in a blizzard, setting his own broken arm in the wilderness, and other rugged adven-tures."—American West (American West)
"The true value of the book is in the glimpse of what it was like to come upon, talk and travel with a wide range of Westerners, for Lummis was a born reporter who, indeed, ended his three-thousand-mile tramp by walking into the Los Angeles Daily News and starting work as city editor."—English Westerners' Tally Sheet (English Westerners' Tally Sheet)
"[A] time-honored classic."—New Mexico Magazine (New Mexico Magazine)
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Book Description Listen 2 Read Audiobook publishers, 2011. Condition: New. Read by Andre Stojka (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0983734496
Book Description Listen 2 Read Audiobook publis, 2011. Audio CD. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110983734496