Unfortunate Emigrant: Narratives of the Donner Party
By: Kristin Johnson A selection of rare and hard-to-find early accounts of the 1846 emigrant party that was trapped in the winter snows of the Sierra Nevada, recounting their strenuous and conflict-ridden trail west; their experiences of starvation, death, and...
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West
By: Stephen E. Ambrose In this sweeping adventure story, Stephen E. Ambrose, the bestselling author of D-Day, presents the definitive account of one of the most momentous journeys in American history. Ambrose follows the Lewis and Clark Expedition from Thomas...
The Santa Fe Trail
By: R. L. Duffus While it only exists in small broken sections today, the Santa Fe Trail was once the only way to travel to the trading town of Santa Fe. Many people risked the terror of Indian attacks and...
The Pony Express: An Illustrated History
By: C. W. Guthrie Orphans preferred was the call that went out to the daring of heart when the Pony Express was organized in April 1860. Called The Greatest Enterprise of Modern Times, the endeavor recruited young men willing to...
The Mountain Men: The Dramatic History and Lore of the First Frontiersmen
By: George Laycock To know how the West was really won, start with the exploits of these unsung mountain men who, like the legendary Jeremiah Johnson, were real buckskin survivalists. Preceded only by Lewis and Clark, beaver fur trappers roamed...
The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West
By: Patricia Nelson Limerick The settling of the American West has been perceived throughout the world as a series of quaint, violent, and romantic adventures. But in fact, Patricia Nelson Limerick argues, the West has a history grounded primarily in...
Tales of the Mountain Men: Seventeen Stories of Survival, Exploration, and Frontier Spirit
Edited By: Lamar Underwood The mountain men were the trappers of the Rocky Mountain fur trade in the years following Lewis and Clark's Expedition of 1804-1806. With their bold journeys peaking during the period of 1830-1840, they were the first...
Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth of the Lasting Legend of the Pony Express
By: Christopher Corbett 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 every...
None Wounded, None Missing, All Dead: The Story of Elizabeth Bacon Custer
By: Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss On May 17, 1876, Elizabeth Bacon Custer kissed her husband, George, goodbye and wished him good fortune in his efforts to fulfill the Army's orders to relocate those Native Americans unwilling to move to...
By: Vardis Fisher A novel of male and female in the Early American West. This is a classic in American West literature, a major triumph of historical fiction. Other Information: Published: 1965Pages: 351
Life of a Solider on the Western Frontier
By: Jeremy Agnew Their heads filled with images of glory and battle, most young men joined the frontier army only to endure a life of tedious drills, bad meals, uncomfortable quarters, and ill-fitting uniforms. Working hard seven days a week...
Jim Bridger: Mountain Man
By: Stanley Vestal Even among the mighty mountain men, Jim Bridger was a towering figure. He was one of the greatest explorers and pathfinders in American history. He couldn't write his name, but at eighteen he had braved the fury...
Hearts West: True Stories of Mail-Order Brides on the Frontier
By: Chris Enss Desperate to strike it rich during the Gold Rush, thousands of men traveled West to the emerging frontier, where they outnumbered women twelve to one. Only after they arrived did some of them realize how much they...
Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy through the Grand Canyon
By: Edward Dolnick On May 24, 1869, a one-armed Civil War veteran named John Wesley Powell and a ragtag band of nine mountain men embarked on the last great quest in the American West. No one had ever explored the...
Barbed Wire: The Fence That Changed the West
By: Joanne S. Liu How could an ordinary fence shape a nation's history? Before the 1870s, much of the American West was an uninterrupted expanse of plains, where native tribes followed buffalo herds for hundreds of miles and cowboys ran...