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John C. Fremont. His 4th of five expeditions to West: Colorado's San Luis Valley, La Garita Mountains and Rio Grande del Norte River. In winter 1848--1849. Civilian exploration between 37th and 38th parallels to survey and map first railroad route over Rocky Mountains. Expedition failed and disaster with 12 deaths of his 33 men (10 starvation and hypothermia, 2 killed by Indians). Second only known and reported cannibalism event occurred in southern San Luis Valley (guide William 'Old Bill" Williams involved in this taboo issue. Author Stuart R. Bryan (science educator) completed 20 year research project of the 390 mile route from Old Bent's Fort La Junta, CO to Taos, NM; 87 days from November 15, 1848 to February 12, 1849. Over 300 maps and color photos. The GPS positions of 49 campsites were located or confirmed. Includes 22 color pictures of Fremont's spring 1849 route from Taos, NM to Casa Grande, AZ. 8.5x11in. Color, 247 pages, paperback. 11 appendices. Index, Reference section (2 pages).
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