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More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Nevada Women
     

More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Nevada Women

by Jan Cleere
 

This book presents the compelling histories of fourteen pioneer women, all born before 1900, who traveled Nevada Territory in unstable wagons, on temperamental mules, and in early Motel Ts to leave a legacy of courage and celebration as they broke records, hearts, and rules while conquering uncharted ground.

Overview

This book presents the compelling histories of fourteen pioneer women, all born before 1900, who traveled Nevada Territory in unstable wagons, on temperamental mules, and in early Motel Ts to leave a legacy of courage and celebration as they broke records, hearts, and rules while conquering uncharted ground.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762727391
Publisher:
TwoDot
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Series:
More than Petticoats Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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From the Introduction

When reporter Mark Twain entered the desert town of Carson, Nevada, in the mid 1800s, he described his destination as "a desert, walled in by barren, snow-clad mountains. There was not a tree in sight. There was no vegetation but the endless sagebrush and greasewood. All nature was gray with it. We were plowing through great depths of powdery alkali dust that rose in thick clouds and floated across the plain like smoke from a burning house. . . . we and the sagebrush and the other scenery were all one monotonous color."

Several years later, author Idah Meacham Strobridge viewed the Nevada terrain as resplendent with "golden sunlight and purple shadows." "If you love the Desert, and live in it, and lie awake at night under its low-hanging stars, you know you are a part of the pulse-beat of the universe, and you feel the swing of the spheres through space. And you hear through the silence the voice of God speaking."

How differently we view our surroundings. One individual sees a bleak and desolate wasteland while another describes her home as resplendent in color, an almost religious experience. The women who first trekked across Nevada Territory's rough terrain most certainly envisioned the land from diverse viewpoints. But something held them there. Few of the women in this book left Nevada once they smelled the sweet mountain air or tasted the gritty sand between their teeth.

Meet the Author

Author and freelance writer Jan Cleere graduated from Arizona State University West with a writing degree in American Studies. She writes extensively about the desert southwest, its unique characters, creatures, and vegetation. Her work appears in numerous regional publications. She is a member of the Western History Association, National Federation of Press Women, Women Writing the West, and the Nevada and Arizona historical societies.

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