Bound for Montana: Diaries from the Bozeman Trail

Overview

On May 14, 1866, Perry Burgess summed up the expectations and hopes of countless westering Americans when he wrote in his diary: "packed up and started on our journey toward the land of gold." Here are stories of the prospectors, freighters, wives, and merchants who, like Burgess, traveled the Bozeman Trail in search of fortune, adventure, or a new life.
A shortcut from the Platte River Road to the Montana goldfields, the Bozeman Trail was relatively short in length-less than ...

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Overview

On May 14, 1866, Perry Burgess summed up the expectations and hopes of countless westering Americans when he wrote in his diary: "packed up and started on our journey toward the land of gold." Here are stories of the prospectors, freighters, wives, and merchants who, like Burgess, traveled the Bozeman Trail in search of fortune, adventure, or a new life.
A shortcut from the Platte River Road to the Montana goldfields, the Bozeman Trail was relatively short in length-less than five hundred miles-yet it has the enduring distinction of being the last great overland emigrant trail in the American West. Encounter the trail as it was experienced by seven travelers: the leader of a company of Michigan men; a new bride traveling with her husband; two adventurous young men-a store clerk and a typesetter; a prospector seeking wealth; a Civil War veteran; and the supervisor of a freight train.
Join their journey through these annotated diaries, and discover the dangers and pleasures, frustrations and joys of travel on the Bozeman Trail.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A masterful achievement balancing detail and context."
—Sherry Smith, Great Plains Quarterly

"Among the best trail histories."
—Richard Jensen, Nebraska History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780917298981
  • Publisher: Montana Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 963,639
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Badger Doyle is the editor of Journeys to the Land of Gold: Emigrant Diaries from the Bozeman Trail. She edits the Oregon-California Trails Emigrant Trails Historical Studies Series. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of New Mexico and currently lives in Pendleton, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Preface, (1) Introduction (2) Abram Voorhees (3) Richard Owens (4) Theodore Bailey (5) Ellen Fletcher (6) Davis Willson (7) Samuel Blythe (8) Thomas Creigh

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