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Travel & Transportation:Trails

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1 Emigrant's Guide

Stackpole Books

Price: 14.95 USD



2 Oregon Trail

Stackpole Books

Price: 16.95 USD

The Lincoln Highway: Main Street across America, A Tenth Anniversary Edition, Drake Hokanson

3 The Lincoln Highway: Main Street across America, A Tenth Anniversary Edition
Drake Hokanson
256 pp, 104 photos, 1999, paperback, University of Iowa Press
Ten years after its original publication, Drake Hokanson's best-selling book continues to inspire readers to leave the interstate for a road less traveled, but one that still fuels the American preoccupation with the open road.
In his new introduction to this tenth anniversary edition, Hokanson revisits the Lincoln Highway and finds it changed-much for the better-since the original publication of this book. Most notably, he calls attention to the reinvigorated Lincoln Highway Association and its efforts to preserve what is left of the old road. Hokanson finds more and more tourists traveling the road-not only Americans but foreigners as well-by car, bus, and motorcycle on journeys not to any particular destination, but simply to see America.

About Author
Drake Hokanson is a writer and photographer. He teaches at Winona State University. He is the author of Reflecting a Prairie Town: A Year in Peterson (Iowa, 1994).

“This book should be owned and read by every motorist who has driven across the U.S.—or only dreamed of doing so.”—Autoweek

“Tracing the history and course of America's first transcontinental automobile road, a masterly photographer and writer creates a classic of Americana. . . . A lovely, lovable book, a work of art.”—Booklist

“This is a model photographic essay: the essay is as carefully composed, as beautifully finished, as the pictures. Hokanson, who says he doesn't like long drives, has written unforgettably about those who do.”—Christian Science Monitor

“With his lively pen and lyric camera, Mr. Hokanson takes us on a journey of discovery. The open road is, in part, a defining characteristic of this country, and the Lincoln Highway is one of the historic traces . . . like the Oregon Trail, the Camino Real, or the National Road. Not just for tourists, the Lincoln Highway accelerated the processes of social mobility, changed our geography, and led inexorably to a new America. This is an important story, well researched and beautifully, perceptively told.”—William L. Withuhn, Curator of Transportation, Smithsonian Institution
Price: 29.95 USD

A Journey Through the West: Thomas Rodney's 1803 Journal From Delaware To the Mississippi Territory, edited by Dwight L. Smith and Ray Swick.

4 A Journey Through the West: Thomas Rodney's 1803 Journal From Delaware To the Mississippi Territory
edited by Dwight L. Smith and Ray Swick.
280 pages, 294 pages, illus., maps, bibliog., index, 1997, hardback, Ohio University Press
In A Journey through the West, Thomas Rodney writes vividly about flea-infested taverns, bad roads, drunken crew members, squatters, Indians sodden berths, food from the wild and treacherous waters. His is one of the most detailed early-nineteenth-century travel accounts.

Rodney, a Revolutionary War patriot and veteran, had been active in Delaware politics and had served in the Continental Congress. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson appointed him as a land commissioner and a territorial judge in the newly formed Mississippi Territory. To assume his duties, Rodney and a small party traveled overland from Delaware across the length of southern Pennsylvania to Wheeling, (West) Virginia. From there, they boarded their newly constructed boat on the Ohio River and rowed, sailed, and drifted along the borders of (West) Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.

Finally they left the clear rapids of the Ohio and entered the muddy yet majestic Mississippi. They traveled southwesterly into a vast, exotic wilderness valley. The western shore of the Mississippi was still owned by Spain, and foreign soldiers were spotted. Under pressure to meet Rodney’s deadline for arrival in Mississippi Territory, the travelers were grateful for the Mississippi’s fast current. Yet in the journey’s last days they were faced with adventures and with near disaster when their boat struck a snag and partially sank.

Rodney kept a precise journal and sent letters to President Jefferson documenting his trek from the settled East through the barely chartered paths of the western wilderness. He hobnobbed with Meriwether Lewis, enjoyed the hospitality of Harman Blennerhassett, and received a tour of Cincinnati from Arthur St. Clair.

Dwight Smith and Ray Swick have compiled, edited and annotated Rodney’s story to present it in complete form for the first time. A Journey through the West is both a travel adventure and a colorful glimpse into the life of his day.

Price: 44.95 USD

Trails of Yesterday, John Bratt Introduction by Nellie Snyder Yost

5 Trails of Yesterday
John Bratt Introduction by Nellie Snyder Yost
320 pages, Illus., paperback, University of Nebraska Press
Trails of Yesterday, first published in 1921, is ranked with the best firsthand accounts of ranching on the northern Great Plains in the 1870s and 1880s. This classic of cow-country literature is rich in authentic frontier history.
Born in England in 1842, John Bratt came to America when he was twenty-two, and in 1866 he joined a wagon train traveling from Nebraska City to Fort Phil Kearny. Bratt gives a vivid view of the country along the Great Platte River Road, reporting on the condition of the trail, meetings with Indians such as Dull Knife, and encounters with buffalo herds. There are splendid descriptions of the few forts then protecting the long trail-Forts Kearny, McPherson, Mitchell, and Sedgwick-and of the road ranches of John Burke and the notorious Jack Morrow, among others. Bratt was a cattle rancher for more than two decades and was instrumental in the settlement of North Platte, Nebraska.

About Author
Winner of the Golden Spur Award of the Western Writers of America, Nellie Snyder Yost wrote No Time on My Hands with Grace Snyder (also a Bison Book).

“An overlooked rangeland classic. . . . At times Bratt’s career becomes so adventurous that it seems exaggerated, but his straightforward narrative is convincing. The book is well written and good reading.”—Don Russell, Westerners Brand Books.
Price: 12.00 USD



6 Policing the Elephant: Crime, Punishment & Social Behavior
John Phillip Reid
326 pages, 6 x 9, 1 map, 1 line illustration, The Huntington Library Press
Policing the Elephant, the companion volume to Law for the Elephant, examines criminal activity and its consequences among travelers on the overland trail in the early nineteenth century. Reid consulted hundreds of primary sources to discover how justice was meted out--without police, attorneys, or courts. Separating fact from fiction, he explores how emigrants dealt with spousal abuse, homicide, robbery, organized crime, and larceny. He also looks into famous episodes of executions. Introducing real people and real incidents, his book shows that Americans have been far more law abiding than television, the movies, and pulp fiction would often have us believe.

About Author
John Phillip Reid, Russell D. Niles Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, is the author of Law for the Elephant, Chief Justice: The Judicial World of Charles Doe and A Law of Blood: The Primitive Law of the Cherokee Nation, among many other works.

"Reid has done a good job of weaving together sometimes fragmentary evidence to present a comprehensive picture of migrants' attitudes toward crime and punishment on the overland trail. . . . Policing the Elephant is a welcome contribution to the history of crime and punishment in the mid-nineteenth-century United States."--The Journal of American History

"Reid's decades of meticulous, multi-archival research in primary documents has again produced a definitive and dispositive work on the overland trail experience."--California History

"Through an incisive analysis of the diaries, journals, and letters of emigrants crossing from Missouri or Iowa to Oregon or California, Reid examines how overland travelers experienced and responded to anti-social actions and their punishment."--Great Plains Quarterly

"This book should command a wide audience. Reid's anti-Turnerian thesis that overland emigrants were bound by their legal traditions, rather than being free spirits in a Wild West environment, will help cause a rethinking about an important aspect of the frontier experience."--Nebraska History

"This volume makes as significant a contribution to scholarship as did the first book, Law for the Elephant, and will, I predict, force scholars to reassess the role of law in nineteenth-century America."--Walter Nugent, Notre Dame University
Price: 15.00 USD

Voices from the West : Life along the Trail, Katharine N. Emsden

7 Voices from the West : Life along the Trail
Katharine N. Emsden
60 pages, 5.5 x 4, paperback / softcover, History Compass
A collection of essays, poetry, and excerpts from diaries of five travelers in the mid- 1800's presents a variety of perspectives relating to life on the trail. Three essays by Emsden give an overview of the period, along with excerpts from: Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin; John Minton on George Bush, Black pioneer; Diary of Harriet Talcott Buckingham; Alvin Coffey: the Gold Rush; Journal of John Hawkins Clark; The Poetry of Gary Holthaus, from Circling Back, and "Thirst," by L.A. Fleming.

The popular Perspectives on History series contains compelling firsthand accounts from colonists to astronauts and is widely used as supplemental material in the study of history and literature in grades 6- College Level. Use of primary sources through excerpts from journals
Price: 7.95 USD



8 America’s National Historic Trails
Kathleen Cordes
384 pages, 8 x 5 1/2, 80 color and 2 b&w illus., 13 color maps, paperback, University of Oklahoma Press
America's National Historic Trails provides a vivid history of each trail, a listing of points of interest (with accompanying maps), helpful touring information, and eighty beautiful, full-color photographs. Kathleen Ann Cordes traveled each trail (backpacking; by car, dogsled, raft, kayak, or bush plane; on horseback, bicycle, cross-country skis, or snowshoes) to provide engaging, firsthand observations on America's pathways of adventure, history, and discovery.

Table of Contents
*Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
*Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
*Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
*Santa Fe National Historic Trail
*Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
*Oregon National Historic Trail
*California National Historic Trail
*Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
*Pony Express National Historic Trail
*Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail
*Iditarod National Historic Trail
*Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
Price: 12.95 USD

The Great Platte River Road, Merrill J. Mattes

9 The Great Platte River Road
Merrill J. Mattes
600 pages, Illus., maps., paperback, University of Nebraska Press
The Great Platte River Road through Nebraska and Wyoming was the grand corridor of America's westward expansion. A number of famous trails converged in the broad valley of the Platte, forming a kind of primitive superhighway for the great covered wagon migration from 1841 to 1866. From jumping-off places along the Missouri River-notably the Omaha-Council Bluffs, St. Joseph, and Kansas City areas-the emigrant throngs came together at Fort Kearny, Nebraska. Although they continued on to South Pass, Wyoming, and beyond, this book focuses on the feeder mutes and the more than three hundred miles between Fort Kearny and Fort Laramie.
The Great Platte River Road looks at border towns, trail routes, river crossings, stage stations, military posts, and such landmarks as Chimney Rock and Scott's Bluff. It goes far beyond geography and Indian encounters in revealing cultural aspects of the great migration: food, dress, equipment, organization, camping, traffic patterns, sex ratios, morals, manners, religion, crime, accidents, disease, death, and burial customs.

About Author
Merrill J. Mattes based his monumental work on an examination of more than seven hundred overland journals. He has included a chronology, original maps, contemporary sketches, modern photographs, and a comprehensive bibliography.

"Mattes has given us the handbook to end all handbooks—over a portion of this now legendary passageway west."—Robert C. Athearn, Journal of American History
Price: 26.95 USD

Red River Trails, Rhoda R. Gilman, Carolyn Gilman, and Deborah M. Stultz

10 Red River Trails
Rhoda R. Gilman, Carolyn Gilman, and Deborah M. Stultz
115 pp. photos, maps, index, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press / Borealis Books Imprint
Oxcart Routes between St. Paul and the Selkirk Settlement, 1820-1870
The Red River Trails traces the historical development of the paths that ran through Minnesota, North Dakota, and Canada. These rutted, tangled roads helped to open the West and provided a passageway for the exchange of furs and trade goods hauled by skilled métis (mixed-blood) drivers in their famed Red River oxcarts.
In the mid-nineteenth century, a network of primitive roadways carried an international trade in furs and merchandise between the burgeoning commercial center of St. Paul in the south and the colony that grew into modern Winnipeg in Canada to the north. These were the legendary Red River Trails, as important to the commerce and development of the West as the Santa Fe and Oregon trails.
Using nineteenth-century travel accounts and a wide variety of other sources, the authors vividly describe the trails, which passed through more than thirty-five Minnesota counties as well as southern Manitoba and eastern North Dakota. Numerous illustrations and detailed maps will help readers to visualize life on the trails and to locate the remnants that still exist today.

"Every Canadian and American driver who makes the trip [from Winnipeg to St. Paul] should read The Red River Trails! . . . Its special contribution is in creating a feeling for the period and the place. . . . Both good history and good historical geography."--North Dakota History

"The quality of the writing is superb . . . the one indispensable book for anyone interested in the history of the Red River Valley."--Red River Valley Historian

"The definitive work on a trail which should rank with other celebrated American frontier trails. . . . Thoroughly documented and extensively annotated. . . . Recommended."--Museum of the Fur Trade Quarterly

"Written in the best tradition of works which reveal a close knowledge of more than one country. . . . Photographs, sketches, paintings, and maps have been effectively woven into the narrative. . . . Thanks to [the authors'] diligence it is now possible to follow the historic carts in their travels from one river crossing to the next, over the flat prairie, through swamps and woodlands, and on to their numerous stops at trading posts, missionary establishments, inns, villages and towns along the way."--Manitoba History
Price: 14.95 USD

Bound For Santa Fe:  The Road To New Mexico and the American Conquest, 1806-1848, Stephen G. Hyslop.

11 Bound For Santa Fe: The Road To New Mexico and the American Conquest, 1806-1848
Stephen G. Hyslop.
528 pages, map, hardback, University of Oklahoma Press
For almost half a century, the Santa Fe Trail served as an avenue for both peaceful and violent exchange. Stephen G. Hyslop uses eyewitness accounts to explore the Santa Fe Trail's evolving role in the relationships among Americans, Mexicans, and Plains Indians.

“Hyslop shows in his meticulously researched and adroitly written history…his apt visualization of the Santa Fe Trail.” Dallas Morning News
Price: 34.95 USD


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