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The Ultimate Wyoming Atlas & Travel Encyclopedia
Michael Dougherty, Heidi Pfeil Dougherty
8 1/2 x 11, color & b/w photos, maps
List Price: $24.95

The most complete guide to the Cowboy State in print. 100s of National Trail points of interest, hikes, more than 270 fisheries, over 200 outfitters and guides, 49 public golf courses, over 65 scenic drives and side trips, downhill and cross country ski areas, 100s of museums and historical sites, hot springs, more than 50 ghost towns, 129 maps, 60 maps of towns and cities, over 1,100 restaurants, over 550 motels, every public and private campground, over 200 guest ranches and resorts, over 130 bed and breakfasts, vacation homes and cabins, airports, gas stops, hundreds of attractions, 1,000s of photographs, weather information for over 60 locations, information on every city and town, 1,000s of things to do, 1,000s of addresses and phone numbers. Complete sections with maps for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and Fort Laramie National Historic Site. Includes free photo CD-ROM of 100s of screensaver sized photos.

Fantastic Facts About the Oregon Trail
Michael J. Trinklein
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Wind-powered wagons; the $100 drink of water; mysterious empty graves; a cow that started a war. Read all about these fantastic facts--and dozens of others--in this fun-to-read book.

Did you know that some pioneers took a "shortcut" to Oregon that took them perilously close to Antarctica? Or that ferryboat operators on the Oregon Trail could earn nearly $2,000 per day? Or that many pioneers found ice in the middle of the blazing hot desert? It's all true! An entertaining read for young people or anyone interested in the great western journey.

The Oregon Trail (National Geographic Adventure Classics)
Francis Parkman
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In 1846, before he became the first great chronicler of the American frontier, Francis Parkman headed West to follow the trail of the pioneers making their way to Oregon and California. When he got to the Rocky Mountains, Parkman and his party of two turned south, traveled down the Front Range, and came back via the Santa Fe Trail to Missouri. The Oregon Trail recounts a trove of page-turning adventures along the way. Parkman frequently was lost, very nearly starved, narrowly escaped Indian war parties—and clearly had the time of his life. “A month ago,” he writes along the way, “I should have thought it rather a startling affair to have an acquaintance ride out in the morning and lose his scalp before night, but here it seems the most natural thing in the world.”

The Oregon Trail, ranked number 31 on Adventure’s top 100 classics list, remains a popular favorite a century and a half after publication. Accessible and handsomely designed, this new edition also features an exclusive introduction by adventure historian Anthony Brandt that illuminates the text with details about Parkman’s role in popularizing the American West to a generation of pioneers as well as his vast influence on subsequent historians and writers.

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The Oregon Trail: Yesterday & Today
William E. Hill
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12.95 • Your Price: $10.36

Here lies a description of the history of the Oregon Trail - from past to present. It is a unique blend of maps, guides, emigrant diaries and journals, old drawings and paintings, together with recent photographs.

This book tells the story of the Oregon Trail in an interesting, easy to read manner and is packed with information for everyone-the armchair traveler, the tourist, the historian and the Oregon Trail buff.

The realties of the trail are examined, as the misconceptions that have surrounded it are dispelled. The trail is explored through the eyes of early emigrants' art and diaries, which stand as evidence of their experiences and their true amazement as they traveled westward. Old paintings are compared to similar views today as photographed by the author while may of the landmarks along the trail still remain.

Learn about the people and events that brought so many people west in the years of its development. Not only will you read about the trail, you will experience it almost as if you were an early emigrant yourself.

The Traveler's Guide to the Pony Express Trail
Joe Bensen
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The story of the Pony Express represents one of the most romantic chapters in the history of the American West. For a brief 19-month period, daring young couriers raced the 1,966 miles between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, relaying mail and telegraph messages in as little as 10 days. The Pony Express riders carried 34,753 pieces of mail across what was the most desolate and dangerous terrain in North America. Today, you can relive the adventure while retracing the route with The Traveler's Guide to the Pony Express Trail. Author and photographer Joe Bensen describes every section of the trail from Missouri to California, and detailed maps and photographs complement the narrative. Eight pages of spectacular color photographs show the dramatic scenery and fun things to do along the way. Use The Traveler's Guide to the Pony Express Trail to plan a thoroughly entertaining and educational trip and to enjoy a historic American adventure.

The Saga of the Pony Express
Joseph J. Di Certo
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17.00 • Your Price: $11.90

Though the transcontinental mail-by-suicide-rider service only lasted 18 months, it has become an icon of American mythology. Di Certo describes the social and political context of its rise, the details of its operation, and the causes for its demise. A film version is in planning. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth & Lasting Legend of the Pony Express
Christopher Corbett
List Price: $23.9
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The Pony Express is one of the most celebrated and enduring chapters in the history of the United States. It is a story of the all-American traits of bravery, bravado and entrepreneurial risk that are part of the very fabric of the Old West. No image of the American West in the mid-1800s is more familiar, more beloved, and more powerful than that of the lone rider galloping the mail across hostile Indian territory. No image is more revered. And none is less understood.

Although rooted in actual events and real people, the saga of the Pony Express has become an American legend, embellished in everything from Mark Twain’s Roughing It, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and dime novels, to the western film classics of John Ford, the art of Frederic Remington, and scores of children’s books. Orphans Preferred is both a revisionist history of this magnificent and ill-fated adventure and an entertaining look at the often larger-than-life individuals who created and perpetuated the myth of “the Pony,” as it is known along the Pony Express trail that runs from Saint Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California.

The Pony Express is a story that exists in the annals of Americana where fact and fable collide, a story as heroic as the journey of Lewis and Clark, as complex and revealing as the legacy of Custer’s Last Stand and as muddled and freighted with yarns as Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Orphans Preferred is a fresh and exuberant reexamination of this great American story.

They're Off!: The Story of the Pony Express
Cheryl Harness
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In 1860, with North and South about to be divided by war, East and West were united through an extraordinary venture -- the Pony Express. Over the course of ten days in April, eighty riders and five hundred horses delivered mail between California and Missouri -- a mission that took three weeks by stagecoach.

Although it existed for only a year and a half, the Pony Express remains a legendary chapter in American history and a symbol of the bold, adventurous character of the Old West. The spirit of the brave riders and their ponies is captured perfectly in Cheryl Harness's lively, brightly illustrated, and information-filled account.

Handcarts to Zion: The Story of a Unique Western Migration, 1856-1860
Leroy Reuben Hafen, Ann W. Hafen
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It is unparalleled in history, the procession of Latter-Day Saints pushing handcarts from Iowa City and Florence (Omaha) to their promised Zion by the Great Salt Lake. Many of the three thousand hardy souls who trudged across thirteen hundred miles of prairie, desert, and mountain from 1856 to 1860 were European converts to the Mormon faith. Without funds for wagons and oxen, they carried their possessions in two-wheeled carts powered and aided by their own muscle and blood. Some of the weary travelers would finally be welcomed by their brethren in Salt Lake City; others would go to wayside graves or get caught in early winter storms in the Rockies and hope to be rescued by the parties sent out by Brigham Young. The migration is described in Handcarts to Zion, which draws on diaries and reports of the participants, rosters of the ten companies, and a collection of the songs sung on the trail and at "The Gathering." LeRoy R. Hafen and Ann W. Hafen dedicated the book to his mother, Mary Ann Hafen, who wrote about the long journey in Recollections of a Handcart Pioneer of 1860: A Woman's Life on the Mormon Frontier, also a Bison Book.

A Pictorial Story of the Oregon-California Trail
Roy Kerswill
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Contains full color illustrations of 28 paintings of incidents along the full length of the California/Oregon Trail with descriptions of same.

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