Re-Riding History: Horseback over the Santa Fe Trailby Curtiss Frank
In the early 1970s, Curtiss Frank and Jack Underhill, a pair of mismatched thirty-somethings who had been chums since boyhood, decided to ride horseback over the old Santa Fe Trail, or at least over a several-hundred-mile section of the far end of it. And the motive for the trip? Curtiss Frank says that reading the many firsthand accounts of the earliest trail travelers stirred up his blood and got him to wondering what it would be like to retrace the original pioneer route, with the aim of reliving the experience and also discovering what physical evidence of the past remained visible.
As the author notes, other adventurers had recently undertaken the some journey, going by foot, horseback, or even wagon. But uniformly, they had used public roads, which today in many places are at a considerable distance from the original Santa Fe Trail. What Frank and Underhill proposed was to find the actual historical ruts and stay in them across private ranchland and open country, so as to make a faithful retracing of the authentic route followed by the nineteenth-century freight caravans. This is their story.
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