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Journeys to the Land of Gold

Journeys to the Land of Gold

Emigrant Diaries from the Bozeman Trail, 1863–1866

Created: Sunday, May 6, 1917

Emigrant Diaries from the Bozeman Trail, 1863–1866
edited by Susan Badger Doyle
foreword by Charles E. Rankin
afterword by Elliott West

Collected here for the first time ever are the surviving eyewitness accounts of the Bozeman's Trail's civilian emigrants: twenty-four diaries written during the journey and nine reminiscences prepared afterward. These accounts describe life on the West's last great emigrant trail, the shortcut from the Platte River Road to the Montana goldfields, from 1863 until 1866, when the route was closed by "Red Cloud's War." Ample introductions, extensive annotation, historical illustrations, and detailed maps enrich this oversized, two-volume compendium.

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