The Trail of the Conestoga (Classic Reprint)

Author: B. Mabel Dunham

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9781334115950


Page: 356

View: 319

Excerpt from The Trail of the Conestoga Miss Mabel Dunham, in her book The Trail of the Conestoga, has given an exceptional picture of the early immigration of these people. They came to this country to find it a wilderness, and almost within a generation, by their unceasing labours, they changed the landscape so that well-built and substantial homes fouhd themselves surrounded by cleared land covered with abundant harvests. It is such literature that makes us realize the background of our country's story. We know and appreciate too little the initiative, patience and self-sacrifice which characterized the struggles of our forefathers in laying not only the material but also the political foundations of our country. If we go back to early days, we shall find that the problems which perplex us are no greater than those they successfully solved. In their example we should find alike strength and inspiration. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The Trail of the Conestoga

Author: Bertha Mabel Dunham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781849024990

Category: History

Page: 206

View: 2825

An historically accurate novel about the journey of Mennonites from Pennsylvania to Canada, and their settlement in Kitchener County, Ontario.

Massacre of the Conestogas

On the Trail of the Paxton Boys in Lancaster County

Author: John H. Brubaker,Jack Brubaker

Publisher: History Press (SC)

ISBN: 9781609490614

Category: History

Page: 188

View: 2215

On two chilly December days in 1763, bands of armed men raged through camps of peaceful Conestoga Indians. They killed twenty women, children and men, effectively wiping out the tribe. These murderous rampages by Lancaster County's Paxton Boys were the culminating tragedies in a series of traded atrocities between European settlers and native tribes. Lancaster journalist Jack Brubaker gives a blow-by-blow account of the massacres, examines their aftermath and investigates how the Paxton Boys got away with murder. Join Brubaker as he follows the bloody trail left by the killers through the Pennsylvania countryside.

The Oregon Trail

A New American Journey

Author: Rinker Buck

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451659164

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 2423

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.

Massacre of the Conestogas

On the Trail of the Paxton Boys in Lancaster County

Author: Jack Brubaker

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 161423275X

Category: Photography

Page: 192

View: 747

On two chilly December days in 1763, bands of armed men raged through camps of peaceful Conestoga Indians. They killed twenty women, children and men, effectively wiping out the tribe. These murderous rampages by Lancaster County's Paxton Boys were the culminating tragedies in a series of traded atrocities between European settlers and native tribes. Lancaster journalist Jack Brubaker gives a blow-by-blow account of the massacres, examines their aftermath and investigates how the Paxton Boys got away with murder. Join Brubaker as he follows the bloody trail left by the killers through the Pennsylvania countryside.

Heart of the Trail

The Stories of Eight Wagon Train Women

Author: Mary Barmeyer O'Brien

Publisher: Falcon Guides

ISBN: 9781560445623

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 81

View: 6451

True stories of the triumphs and tribulations of eight women who crossed the American frontier by wagon. First hand accounts from their letters and diaries, most written on the trail.

Daily Life in a Covered Wagon

Author: Paul Erickson

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471143765

Category: Architecture

Page: 48

View: 9636

This thrilling adventure back in time to the pioneering days of wagon trains uses real objects from the past in close-up to bring the period fully alive. Discover how a typical family from Indiana traveling to Oregon in a covered wagon really lived: how they dressed; what they ate; what they saw; how they survived the hazardous journey. Chronicles a day in the life of the Larkin family, from breakfast cooked over a campfire, until the first watch takes up duties for the night.

The Oregon Trail

An American Saga

Author: David Dary

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195224009

Category: History

Page: 414

View: 1900

An in-depth history of the Oregon Trail follows the route used by fur traders, missionaries, and mountain men, offering colorful stories about the hardships and triumphs of the massive migration.

Wagons Ho!

A Diary of the Oregon Trail

Author: Cynthia Mercati

Publisher: Perfection Learning

ISBN: 9780789150394

Category: Oregon National Historic Trail

Page: 56

View: 9387

A party of Indian men visited our camp last night! At the sight of them, the fiddles came to a stop. So did the banjos. So did all the people. We just stood and stared. Their chests were bare. Their black hair was braided. They wore deerskin leggings and moccasins. "They're Crow," Captain McCullough explained. Book jacket.

If You Traveled West In A Covered Wagon

Author: Ellen Levine

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0545363314

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

View: 1251

If you traveled west in a covered wagon --Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip? --How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges? --Without road signs, how would you know where you were? This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.

Children of the Westward Trail

Author: Rebecca Stefoff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781562945824

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 9114

Describes what life was like for those children who were uprooted from their midwestern homes and transported by their families across the frontier in wagons and on horseback.

Orphans Preferred

The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express

Author: Christopher Corbett

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0767919637

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 3267

“WANTED. YOUNG, SKINNY, WIRY FELLOWS. NOT OVER 18. MUST BE EXPERT RIDERS. WILLING TO RISK DEATH DAILY. ORPHANS PREFERRED.” —California newspaper help-wanted ad, 1860 The Pony Express is one of the most celebrated and enduring chapters in the history of the United States, 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. 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 St. 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.

Backpacking Pennsylvania

37 Great Hikes

Author: Jeff Mitchell

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811740102

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

View: 2360

Detailed descriptions of 37 trails. Information on terrain, difficulty, precautions, contacts. Directions to each trail and descriptions of features along the trek.

Pittsburgh's East Liberty Valley

Author: East End/East Liberty Historical Society

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439635749

Category: Photography

Page: 128

View: 2392

Pittsburgh’s East Liberty Valley originally consisted of lush hunting grounds used by many Native American groups. In the 1700s, British general John Forbes instructed George Washington to build a military road from Fort Ligonier through the East Liberty Valley to the forks of the Ohio River. In 1758, Forbes traveled this widened trail, first named for him, now known as Penn Avenue. Many plantations were established after the Revolution, and the village grew, with its tollhouse and taverns serving stagecoaches and Conestoga wagons en route to Pittsburgh. By the 20th century, East Liberty was one of the wealthiest suburbs in America. Many famous firsts occurred here, including the building of the nation’s first gasoline service station and the founding of the National Negro Opera Company. The area also boasts many famous residents, including Billy Eckstine, Erroll Garner, Gene Kelly, Dick Powell, and Lillian Russell. Through vintage photographs, Pittsburgh’s East Liberty Valley salutes the area’s rich history.

Indian Paths of Pennsylvania

Author: Paul A. Wallace

Publisher: Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

ISBN: 9780911124392

Category: History

Page: 238

View: 6727

With the advent of European settlement, the Indian foot trails that laced the Pennsylvania wilderness often became bridle paths, wagon roads, and eventually even motor highways. Most of the old paths were so well situated that there was little reason to forsake them until the age of the automobile. That the Indians, taking every advantage offered by the terrain, "kept the level" so well among Pennsylvania's mountains is an engineering curiosity. Just as remarkable is the complexity of the system and its adaptability to changing seasons and weather. Colonial travelers and Indians met frequently on the trail. Whether traveling to hunt, trade, war, negotiate, or visit, Native Americans demonstrated in these chance encounters that they were not the fiends some thought them to be. Indian Paths of Pennsylvania traces the Indian routes, reveals historical associations, and guides the motorist in following them today.

Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey

Author: Lillian Schlissel

Publisher: Schocken

ISBN: 0307803171

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 8143

An expanded edition of one of the most original and provocative works of American history of the last decade, which documents the pioneering experiences and grit of American frontier women.

Martha of California

A Story of the California Trail

Author: James Otis

Publisher: N.A


Category: West (U.S.)

Page: 142

View: 6328


Maine Mountain Guide

AMC's Comprehensive Guide to the Hiking Trails of Maine, Featuring Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park

Author: Carey Michael Kish

Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club

ISBN: 9781628420975

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 464

View: 507

For more than half a century, the Appalachian Mountain Club's Maine Mountain Guide has been hikers' and backpackers' quintessential resource for trails in Maine's spectacular mountains. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, featuring 175 new trails, 50 new mountains, and 13 additional in-text maps, capturing Maine's booming trail building and expansion during the past five years. Fresh coverage of classics such as Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park now sits alongside more detailed descriptions of regions including the 100-Mile Wilderness and Moosehead Lake, Downeast, and Midcoast. More than 450 trails have been revised. Thorough trip-planning and safety information--along with full-color, GPS-rendered, pull-out maps featuring trail segment mileage--make this the trusted, comprehensive hiking guide to Maine.