9780803273412

To the Pike's Peak Gold Fields, 1859

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  • ISBN13:

    9780803273412

  • ISBN10:

    080327341X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-03-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Summary

Danger, hardship, and isolation could not turn back the tide of men and women who thirsted for yellow metal. The Pike's Peak gold rush of 1859 attracted as many gold seekers as the more famous California gold rush of the previous decade. In this volume, noted western historian LeRoy R. Hafen has collected invaluable Pike's Peak gold rush diaries chronicling the struggles, dreams, and heartaches of those who traveled the overland routes to untold riches.The diarists who came along the Arkansas and Platte Rivers and along trails from Texas, Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois created records of the landscapes and peoples they encountered as they journeyed. In the words of these single-minded adventurers, larger-than-life characters mingle with the awesome, terrible beauty of the Great Plains and the sparse comforts of the old Middle West. The Pike's Peak gold rushers provide firsthand accounts of the dangers and rewards of overland travel, as they sought ephemeral fortunes in the Rocky Mountain West.LeRoy R. Hafen published more than forty books on the American West. He coedited (with Ann Hafen)Journal of Forty-Niners: Salt Lake to Los Angelesand editedMountain Men and Fur Traders of the Far West: Eighteen Biographical SketchesandTrappers of the Far West: Sixteen Biographical Sketches, all available in Bison Books editions.

Author Biography

LeRoy R. Hafen published more than forty books on the American West. He coedited (with Ann Hafen) Journal of Forty-niners: Salt Lake to Los Angeles and edited Mountain Men and Fur Traders of the Far West: Eighteen Biographical Sketches and Trappers of the Far West: Sixteen Biographical Sketches, all available in Bison Books editions.

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Arkansas River route : diary of Charles C. Postp. 17
The Platte River route : diary of E.H.N. Pattersonp. 57
St. Joseph to Fort Kearny : diary of Edwin R. Peasep. 199
From Texas to Pike's Peak : diary of A.M. Gassp. 215
Leavenworth and Pike's Peak express route : journal of Albert D. Richardsonp. 233
The Smoky Hill trail : contemporary letters and reportsp. 263
E.D. Boyd's notes on the first parallel roadp. 285
Log of R.F. Burton's stagecoach tripp. 298
Report of John H. Edwardsp. 303
Letters for travelers on the Arkansas River trailp. 313
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