The California Trail: Yesterday and Today

Author: William Hill
343 Pages
Fold-out map
b/w photos
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6 x 9
Caxton Press
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Whether for land, a chance for a new life, or for gold, California was the magnet that drew thousands of people during the 1840s, 50s and into the 60s. The California Trail was the way many emigrants and Argonauts chose.
William Hill's book The California Trail: Yesterday and Today takes the reader there, starting at the various jumping-off places, across the Great Plains, the Rockies, the deserts, and finally over the Sierra Nevada. It examines the trail's historical development, alternate routes, and some of the available maps and guidebooks. Its extensive use of diaries enhances the reader's experience.
Three diarists vividly describe the dreaded crossing of the Forty-Mile Desert and the Sierras. Especially impressive are its nearly 175 first-hand trail illustrations paired with relevant diary entries, comments and matching present-day photos.
Most of the historic sites, fine museums and displays along the trail are also described.

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