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Covered Wagon Days: From the Private Journals of Albert Jerome Dickson
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Covered Wagon Days: From the Private Journals of Albert Jerome Dickson (Paperback)

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"A work of great merit." ("American Historical Review"). "A real contribution to the pioneer history of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Colorado." ("Review of Reviews"). "A detailed and constantly interesting story. It is as if the young boy, infinitely curious himself, were intent on transferring his experiences and observations to others Perhaps that is what makes this book so interesting - his youth and youthful curiosity and the uncomplaining hardihood of the green years." (A. B. Guthrie, Jr.). Albert Jerome Dickson was fourteen years old in 1864 when he left LaCrosse, Wisconsin, in a small caravan of covered wagons headed for Montana Territory. Thousands of emigrants had preceded him on the Oregon Trail, but none ever described the journey in sharper detail. "Covered Wagon Days" recreates the daily progress of Dickson's party, which included his guardians, Joshua and Rebecca Ridgley. The logistics of such a trip, the sights along a trail marked by ruts and fresh graves, the rigors of camping, the encounters with Indians and returning pilgrims and vigilantes running after road agents--all figure in Dickson's memoir.

The payoff for the Ridgleys is not the gold being discovered in the mountains near Virginia City but a fine farm in Gallatin Valley. As vivid as any novel about the Oregon Trail and pioneering in the Northwest, "Covered Wagon Days", first published in 1929, is based on journals and materials that were edited by the author's son, Arthur Jerome Dickson. A. B. Guthrie, Jr., the celebrated author of "The Big Sky" and "The Way West", returns to familiar territory in his introduction to this Bison Books edition.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalModern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: University of Nebraska Press Publication Date: 01/06/1989 ISBN-13: 9780803265820  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: Currently unavailable. Foyles can order for despatch to customer when the publisher is re-supplied on 01/10/1989.  

A. B. Guthrie, Jr., the celebrated author of "The Big Sky" and "The Way West," returns to familiar territory in his introduction to this Bison Books edition.

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