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  • Covered Wagon Women, Volume 10by Kenneth L. Holmes; Elliott West

    UNP - Bison Books 2015; US$ 16.95

    Forty years after the legendary overland travels of Oregon pioneers in the 1840s, Lucy Clark Allen wrote, ?the excitement continues.? Economic hard times in Minnesota sent Allen and her husband to Montana in hopes of evading the droughts, grasshoppers, and failed crops that had plagued their farm. Allen and her compatriots, in this volume of Covered... more...

  • Covered Wagon Women, Volume 11by Kenneth L. Holmes; Katherine G. Morrissey

    UNP - Bison Books 2015; US$ 16.95

    The stories seem simple?they left, they traveled, they settled?yet the restless westering impulse of Americans created one of the most enduring figures in our frontier pantheon: the hardy pioneer persevering against all odds. Undeterred by storms, ruthless bandits, towering mountains, and raging epidemics, the women in these volumes suggest why the... more...

  • Covered Wagon Women, Volume 3by Kenneth L. Holmes; Susan Armitage

    UNP - Bison Books 2015; US$ 18.95

    The wagon trains to California greatly decreased in 1851 as reports of deadly cholera on the trail the year before and strikeouts in gold prospecting became known. Those who did go west?about 2,160 men and 1,440 women?tended toward Oregon's rich Willamette Valley because of a new federal land law that awarded a husband and wife a full section. Volume... more...

  • Covered Wagon Women, Volume 6by Kenneth L. Holmes; Linda Peavy; Ursula Smith

    UNP - Bison Books 2014; US$ 18.95

    ?We traveled this forenoon over the roughest and most desolate piece of ground that was ever made,? wrote Amelia Knight during her 1853 wagon train journey to Oregon. Some of the parties who traveled with Knight were propelled by religious motives. Hannah King, an Englishwoman and Mormon convert, was headed for Salt Lake City. Her cultured, introspective... more...

  • Covered Wagon Women, Volume 7by Kenneth L. Holmes; Shirley Anne Leckie

    UNP - Bison Books 2015; US$ 18.95

    Some of the women traveling west in the late 1850s were strong advocates of equal rights for their sex. On the trail, Julia Archibald Holmes and Hannah Keziah Clapp sensibly wore the ?freedom costume? called bloomers. In 1858 Holmes joined the Pikes Peak gold rush and was the first woman of record to climb the famous mountain.   Educator Hannah... more...

  • Covered Wagon Women, Volume 8by Kenneth L. Holmes; Maria Montoya

    UNP - Bison Books 2015; US$ 18.95

    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... more...

  • Covered Wagon Women, Volume 9by Kenneth L. Holmes; Sherry L. Smith

    UNP - Bison Books 2015; US$ 16.95

    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.   An associate professor of history at Southern Methodist University, Sherry L. Smith is the author of The View from Officers? Row: Army Perceptions of Western Indians. more...

  • Cowboyby Rocco Wachman; Matthew A. Pellegrini

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 11.99

    The ultimate guide to living like a great American icon, Cowboy by Rocco Wachman?celebrity host of CMT?s popular ?Cowboy U??is an essential manual of cowboy culture, cowboy living, and cowboy lore, ideal for the city slicker who?s enamored by all things wild and western. more...

  • The Cowboyby Philip Ashton Rollins

    Skyhorse Publishing 2011; US$ 14.95

    Although the American cowboy has long been a favorite subject for novelists, filmmakers, and illustrators, too often the picture they paint bears little relation to reality. Philip Ashton Rollins, who lived in the West on and off between 1892 and 1924, set out to create a more accurate portrait of this enduring icon. Based on what he himself witnessed,... more...

  • Crossing the Plains with Brunoby Annick Smith

    Trinity University Press 2015; US$ 17.95

    Dogs, like humans, have memories, instincts, fears, and loyalties. But, as far as we know, dogs do not get swept up in nostalgia, speculation, or self-analysis. Although they have hopes, they are not driven by regrets. In Crossing the Plains with Bruno , Annick Smith weaves together a memoir of travel and relationship, western history and family... more...