The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail
Title The Oregon Trail PDF eBook
Author Rinker Buck
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Pages 464
Release 2015-06-30
Genre History
ISBN 1451659164

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In the bestselling tradition of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz, Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail is a major work of participatory history: an epic account of traveling the 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules—which hasn't been done in a century—that also tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country. Spanning 2,000 miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. In the fifteen years before the Civil War, when 400,000 pioneers used it to emigrate West—historians still regard this as the largest land migration of all time—the trail united the coasts, doubled the size of the country, and laid the groundwork for the railroads. The trail years also solidified the American character: our plucky determination in the face of adversity, our impetuous cycle of financial bubbles and busts, the fractious clash of ethnic populations competing for the same jobs and space. Today, amazingly, the trail is all but forgotten. Rinker Buck is no stranger to grand adventures. The New Yorker described his first travel narrative,Flight of Passage, as “a funny, cocky gem of a book,” and with The Oregon Trailhe seeks to bring the most important road in American history back to life. At once a majestic American journey, a significant work of history, and a personal saga reminiscent of bestsellers by Bill Bryson and Cheryl Strayed, the book tells the story of Buck's 2,000-mile expedition across the plains with tremendous humor and heart. He was accompanied by three cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother, Nick, and an “incurably filthy” Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl. Along the way, Buck dodges thunderstorms in Nebraska, chases his runaway mules across miles of Wyoming plains, scouts more than five hundred miles of nearly vanished trail on foot, crosses the Rockies, makes desperate fifty-mile forced marches for water, and repairs so many broken wheels and axels that he nearly reinvents the art of wagon travel itself. Apart from charting his own geographical and emotional adventure, Buck introduces readers to the evangelists, shysters, natives, trailblazers, and everyday dreamers who were among the first of the pioneers to make the journey west. With a rare narrative power, a refreshing candor about his own weakness and mistakes, and an extremely attractive obsession for history and travel,The Oregon Trail draws readers into the journey of a lifetime.




The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail
Title The Oregon Trail PDF eBook
Author Michael V. Uschan
Publisher Gareth Stevens Secondary Library
Pages 0
Release 2004
Genre Frontier and pioneer life
ISBN 9780836854145

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Examines the famous westward route of American settlement during the 1800s, including everyday life on the trail, what it took to make the journey successfully, and what happened to unsuccessful attempts to reach the Oregon Territory.




The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail
Title The Oregon Trail PDF eBook
Author Francis Parkman
Publisher
Pages 408
Release 1885
Genre California National Historic Trail
ISBN

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The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail
Title The Oregon Trail PDF eBook
Author David Dary
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
Pages 438
Release 2005
Genre History
ISBN 9780195224009

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Using diaries, journals, company and expedition reports, and newspaper accounts, the author presents a major one-volume history of the Oregon Trail from its earliest beginnings to the present.




Oregon Blue Book

Oregon Blue Book
Title Oregon Blue Book PDF eBook
Author Oregon. Office of the Secretary of State
Publisher
Pages 196
Release 1915
Genre Oregon
ISBN

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How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail

How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail
Title How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail PDF eBook
Author Tod Olson
Publisher National Geographic Books
Pages 52
Release 2009
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 9781426304125

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The fictional William Reed gives readers a historical portrait of the hardships of life on the journey west, as well as the ingenuity, skill, and trickery used to overcome such challenges.




The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail
Title The Oregon Trail PDF eBook
Author Francis Parkman
Publisher
Pages 464
Release 1912
Genre
ISBN

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