Rude Pursuits and Rugged Peaks: Schoolcraft's Ozark Journal, 1818-1819

Overview

In the winter of 1818 Henry Rowe Schoolcraft set out from Potosi, Missouri, to document lead mines in the interior of the Ozarks, then a wilderness of near-virgin forests, limestone cliffs, prairies, and oak savannahs. Intending only to make his fortune by publishing an account of the area's mineral resources, he became the first skilled observer to witness and record frontier life in the Ozarks. The journal he kept as he traveled ninety days in the rugged terrain of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas was ...
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Overview

In the winter of 1818 Henry Rowe Schoolcraft set out from Potosi, Missouri, to document lead mines in the interior of the Ozarks, then a wilderness of near-virgin forests, limestone cliffs, prairies, and oak savannahs. Intending only to make his fortune by publishing an account of the area's mineral resources, he became the first skilled observer to witness and record frontier life in the Ozarks. The journal he kept as he traveled ninety days in the rugged terrain of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas was originally published in 1821 and has become an essential record of Ozark territorial society and natural history. In it we meet some of the earliest American settlers of the region - M'Gary, the Cokers, the Yocums - and experience the excitement of a bear hunt, the joy of discovering a honey tree, the difficulties of passing over the Bull Shoals of the White River, the beauty of large open prairies, and the wealth of wildlife once found in the Ozarks. In Rude Pursuits and Rugged Peaks, Milton Rafferty places Schoolcraft's journal in its historical context and makes it, and the traveler's route, more accessible to the modern reader. Rafferty describes the geologic processes which formed the Ozarks, the major natural features of the region, and the great changes that have been made to the landscape by the recent growth of population.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Finally the Christopher Columbus of the Ozarks has his masterpiece published in a form anyone can afford and enjoy. Many aspects make this the most important book ever written on the Ozarks." —Sandy Primm, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557284662
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author


Milton D. Rafferty is Professor Emeritus of Geography, Geology, and Planning at Southwest Missouri State University. He is the author or editor of nine other books and atlases, including A Geography of World Tourism (Prentice-Hall, 1993) and Rude Pursuits and Rugged Peaks (Arkansas, 1996).
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction 1
The Ozarks: Then and Now 2
Plant Life 3
Landforms and Hydrographic Features 5
Human Habitation 6
A Changing Ozarks 6
Who Was Henry Rowe Schoolcraft? 8
Schoolcraft's Objectives 9
Schoolcraft's Later Achievements 11
References 14
Reproduction of the Title Page of the Journal 18
I The Journal: From Potosi to Ashley Cave 19
II The Journal: From Ashley Cave to the Beaver Creek Settlement 35
III The Journal: Delayed at the Beaver Creek Settlement 67
IV The Journal: The Tour to the Lead Mine on the James River 76
V The Journal: Down the White River from the Beaver Creek Settlement to Poke Bayou 95
VI The Journal: From Poke Bayou to Potosi 113
Reproduction of the Title Page of "Transalleghenia" 126
"Transalleghenia, or the Groans of Missouri" 127
Appendix 143
Index 167
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