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Long Day's Journey: The Steamboat & Stagecoach Era in the Northwest

Schwantes, Carlos Arnaldo

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ISBN 10: 0295976918 / ISBN 13: 9780295976914
Published by University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA, 1999
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Signed by the author on a bookplate noting that "this book was published with the assistance of a grant from Wells Fargo". Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Minor evidence of handling, no notable flaws. Housed in a rubbed and somewhat worn slipcase, which has the Wells Fargo logo on the front. Bookseller Inventory # 41296

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Title: Long Day's Journey: The Steamboat & ...

Publisher: University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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In Long Day’s Journey Carlos Schwantes gathers historical photographs, advertisements, posters, and contemporary accounts to recreate one of the most colorful periods in the American West. He traces the rapidly evolving saga of miners and settlers struggling to get from here to there in the days before railroads reached the West, trying to establish methods of transportation and communication between the eastern United States and the new territories that became Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming―first by sea, around continents, then by land and water routes across America. Many of the enduring images and myths of the West derive from this era: the Pony Express, mule trains and plodding ox-team freighters, the picturesque side-wheelers and stern-wheelers that churned along the rivers, the colorful Concord stagecoaches drawn by four or six jingling, fleet horses.

Schwantes describes in detail the technology of preindustrial modes of transportation. He explains the economics that linked the birth and death of western towns and cities, the business history of entrepreneurs and stagecoach and steamboat companies, and the challenges facing passengers and employees on the stages and steamers of the northern West. Integrating more than 200 historical photographs and other illustrations with vivid contemporary accounts, Schwantes presents a fascinating history of Americans forging the first working connections between the West and the rest of America―connections that the railroads would soon smooth and strengthen. His book Railroad Signatures across the Pacific Northwest detailed that story; here he tells of the people and animals and equipment supplanted by the twin ribbons of steel.

About the Author:

Carlos Arnaldo Schwantes is director of the Institute for Pacific Northwest Studies and professor of history at the University of Idaho. His book RAILROAD SIGNATURES ACROSS THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST received the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award and the Railroad History Book Award.

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