The Nevadan

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The Nevadan is an accurate account of Johann Schmidt's experiences in 1866 and 1867 as he left Virginia City, Nevada Territory, astride his California horse 'Franky' in a diary kept by one of America's many rugged pioneers. In this case, the work covers his trek from Virginia City, Nevada, to the east coast of the United States by horse, on foot, by wagon train, and by railroad as he overcame the problems of crossing the hot, flat country of Nevada; the notorious forty-mile Utah desert; mountains and plains with ...
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Overview

The Nevadan is an accurate account of Johann Schmidt's experiences in 1866 and 1867 as he left Virginia City, Nevada Territory, astride his California horse 'Franky' in a diary kept by one of America's many rugged pioneers. In this case, the work covers his trek from Virginia City, Nevada, to the east coast of the United States by horse, on foot, by wagon train, and by railroad as he overcame the problems of crossing the hot, flat country of Nevada; the notorious forty-mile Utah desert; mountains and plains with their wildlife; Indians; and the cities he had never been in before. He utilized whatever was at hand for food, transportation, communication, shelter, and protection. Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Schmidt, AKA 'Henry Smith,' kept a very detailed diary in which he chronicled a myriad of events, places and people that picture the historical, communications, transportation, geographical and even political growth of the United States in 1866 through early 1867. 'Henry Smith' was a rugged pioneer and he unceremoniously captures the old west in the narrative of this diary. He has left an entertaining dialogue describing the perils and hardships of travel across the developing American west in 1866. He exemplifies the fortitude, determination and honesty that early Americans brought to this country and gave it the name of a country 'run by the people, for the people and of the people.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616636128
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Starting The Trek 19

Franky's Ordeal 31

The Notorious Forty-mile Desert 51

Lost in the Desert 59

Land of the Mormons 73

Crossing The Plains During The Indian Versus Army War 95

Hazards Avoided While Crossing Indian Country 127

Traveling East by Rail 185

Back to Civilization 191

Niagara Falls and The German Engineered Suspension Bridge Between Canada and the USA 199

On to New York City and Washington, DC 205

Endnotes 219

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

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    The Nevadan will please all explorer/adventure and American history aficionados!

    Robert R. Schmidt's The Nevadan: The True Story of One Man's Journey Across the American Frontier captures Johann Schmidt's memorable journey from Virginia City, Nevada to the East Coast during the developmental stages of the American West. An American pioneer at heart, Johann's diary chronicles his adventures crossing the desert-country of Nevada and Utah, the Continental Divide, the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado, the plains of Nebraska and Kansas, the Missouri River, and then on to the nation's capital and other eastern cities. He documents encounters with predatory and other wildlife; all the stage, pony express and telegraph stations, with miles between each, both east and west. Johann used whatever he could find for food, transportation, shelter and communication.

    After reading The Nevadan, there is little doubt that this would make for an amazing cinematic experience on the big screen. The author has, in fact, recently submitted it to The Motion Picture Company, Inc. in Burbank, CA. for its consideration. For those interested, the original diary of Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Schmidt is preserved as an artifact, in High German, of the Old West in the University of Nevada Reno Library's special collections department.

    The journey begins on October 9th, 1866 with an all-encompassing list of equipment and clothing-in the introduction of the book-that includes a Spencer rifle, two six-shot revolvers, woolen blankets, a dagger, and much more. Setting off on Franky, his horse, Johann starts across Nevada, at which point Franky becomes deathly ill. Johann does not take the advice to just shoot him, and his determination to keep Franky alive results in both of them continuing his journey across Nevada and the notorious forty- mile desert. While crossing the desert, they proceed to get lost and must contend with rattlers and wildlife, all with a shortage of water for himself and Franky. The book is filled with similar stories. A powerful passage portraying Johann's resolve, despite grim circumstances, states, "For twenty-four hours more I journeyed on without food or water, but I hadn't given up yet."

    The book describes in detail his travels from entering the land of the Mormons, crossing the American Frontier during conflicts between Native Americans and the Army, traveling east on the railroad, and his arrivals in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

    Ultimately, The Nevadan: The True Story of One Man's Journey Across the American Frontier is a remarkable account of a journey full of peril that culminates in a true sense of accomplishment. Despite being in diary-format, The Nevadan reads smoothly like a narrative, and will please all explorer/adventure and American history aficionados.

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