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1 Long Day's Journey: The Steamboat and Stagecoach Era in the Northern West
Carlos Arnaldo Schwantes
408 pages, 255 illus., 40 in color, notes, bibliog., index, cloth, University Press of Washington
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.
Price: 23.96 USD



2 American Carriages, Sleighs, Sulkies and Carts
Don H. Berkebile
168 pages, 8 1/2 x 9 1/2, Dover Publications
168 Victorian illustrations from catalogues, trade journals, fully captioned. Useful for artists.
Price: 10.95 USD



3 Wheels: A Pictorial History
Edwin Tunis
96 pages, 183 line drawings, paperback, Johns Hopkins University Press
Nothing like the wheel exists in nature; it may be one of humanity's greatest inventions. In Wheels, writer and illustrator Edwin Tunis traces the development of the wheel over 5,000 years, his accurate drawings and lucid text depicting the human victory over space and inertia. Beginning with the first primitive form of wheel-the captive roller-Tunis takes readers through the history of land transportation from the Elamite chariot-the first recorded passenger chariot-to the ancient wheeled vehicles of the Egyptians, Assyrians, Greeks, Persians, Romans, Chinese, and Indians; the whirlicotes, carrosses, berlines, fiacres, and phaetons that traveled the roads of Europe from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Age; the Conestoga wagons, prairie schooners, and Concord coaches that carried Americans westward; the velocipede, the world's first bicycle, and its successor, the penny-farthing; steam-powered wheeled carriages like the Dudgeon and La Mancelle; Karl Benz's 1885 gasoline tricycle and the 1896 Ford quadricycle; the roadsters of the Jazz Age; and the gloriously chromed and tail-finned sedans of the 1950s.
The history of the wheel is the story of civilization, and in Wheels-which won the Boy's Club of America's Gold Medal when it was first published in 1955-Tunis tells it with wit and illustrates it with striking drawings that will delight readers of all ages.

About Author
Edwin Tunis (18971973) was born in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, and spent much of his life in Maryland. A well-known artist, illustrator, and muralist, his work appeared at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Society of American Etchers, the National Academy of Design, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. His other books include Colonial Craftsmen; Colonial Living; Weapons; Oars, Sails and Steam; and The Tavern at the Ferry, all available in paperback from Johns Hopkins.
Price: 25.00 USD

Stage-Coach Days in the Bluegrass: Being An Account of Stage-Coach Travel and Tavern Days in Lexington and Central Kentucky, 1800-1900, J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; foreword by Thomas D. Clark.

4 Stage-Coach Days in the Bluegrass: Being An Account of Stage-Coach Travel and Tavern Days in Lexington and Central Kentucky, 1800-1900
J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; foreword by Thomas D. Clark.
304 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, illus.; map, cloth, University Press of Kentucky
Along with his focus on the development of stage-coach travel, Coleman covers details such as pioneer roads, taverns, travelers' experiences, mail carriers, and the coming of the railroad. This fascinating look at an age gone by is truly a work of regional culture.
Price: 19.96 USD


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