A Tramp across the Continent

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When young Charles Lummis heard about a job in the small town of Los Angeles more than a century ago, he walked all the way to it—across the plains, up Pike's Peak, down Devil's Gorge, through the Grand Canyon, over the desert. It was, by conservative estimate, one of the grandest hikes in American history. With no reason to be modest, Lummis called his "unpretentious" account of it "the wayside notes of a happy vagabonding."
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When young Charles Lummis heard about a job in the small town of Los Angeles more than a century ago, he walked all the way to it—across the plains, up Pike's Peak, down Devil's Gorge, through the Grand Canyon, over the desert. It was, by conservative estimate, one of the grandest hikes in American history. With no reason to be modest, Lummis called his "unpretentious" account of it "the wayside notes of a happy vagabonding."
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American West

"Lummis walked from Ohio to California in 1884, and in the journal he published in 1892 he calls his saga 'the simple story of joy on legs.' In a vivid style he tells of losing his way in a blizzard, setting his own broken arm in the wilderness, and other rugged adven-tures."—American West
English Westerners' Tally Sheet

"The true value of the book is in the glimpse of what it was like to come upon, talk and travel with a wide range of Westerners, for Lummis was a born reporter who, indeed, ended his three-thousand-mile tramp by walking into the Los Angeles Daily News and starting work as city editor."—English Westerners' Tally Sheet
New Mexico Magazine

"[A] time-honored classic."—New Mexico Magazine
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803279087
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1982
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Charles F. Lummis, an editor and ethnologist who wrote successfully for a broad audience, is best remembered for his books about the early legendary history of New Mexico and about the southwestern Indians, including The Land of Poco Tiempo (1893) and Mesa, Cañon and Pueblo (1925). His 1891 collection of Pueblo folklore, Pueblo Indian Folk-Stories, is also a Bison Book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Worth reading!

    I am still reading this story. It tells of the author's adventures and observances as he walks from Ohio to California in the 1880's. He deals with extreme temperatures, wild animals and unsavory men as he discovers the west for the first time. He describes in detail his impressions of the magnificent and diverse scenery that makes up the southwest.

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