Covered Wagon Women, Volume 8: Diaries And Letters From The Western Trails, 1862-1865 by Maria MontoyaCovered Wagon Women, Volume 8: Diaries And Letters From The Western Trails, 1862-1865 by Maria Montoya

Covered Wagon Women, Volume 8: Diaries And Letters From The Western Trails, 1862-1865

byMaria MontoyaEditorKenneth L. Holmes

Paperback | April 1, 1999

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The overland trails in the 1860s witnessed the creation of stage stations to facilitate overland travel. These stations, placed every twenty or thirty miles, ensured that travelers would be able to obtain grain for their livestock and food for themselves. They also sped up the process of mail delivery to remote Western outposts. Tragically, the easing of overland travel coincided with renewed conflicts with the Cheyenne and other Plains Indians. The massacre of Black Kettle’s people at Sand Creek instigated two years of bloody reprisals and counterreprisals.
 
"Amid this turmoil and change, these daring women continued to build on the example set by earlier women pioneers. As Harriet Loughary wrote upon her arrival in California, "[after] two thousands of miles in an ox team, making an average of eighteen miles a day enduring privations and dangers . . . When we think of the earliest pioneers . . . we feel an untold gratitude towards them."
Kenneth L. Holmes was a professor of history at Western Oregon State College. He edited and compiled Covered Wagon Women, drawing on archives and private sources. Introducing this Bison Books edition is Maria Montoya, an assistant professor of history and an assistant professor in the Program in American Culture at the University of Mi...
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Title:Covered Wagon Women, Volume 8: Diaries And Letters From The Western Trails, 1862-1865Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:April 1, 1999Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803272979

ISBN - 13:9780803272972

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Take a trip back in time to the Wild West with this inspiring account. Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1862-1865 details the creation of stage stations to facilitate overland travel. These stations ensured travellers would be able to obtain grain for their livestock and food for themselves, not to mention sped up mail delivery. These women made remarkable strides to the modernization of their town and times.

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"The diaries and letters . . . throb with excitement, pain and mind-boggling determination."—Kliatt
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