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A Trail of Many Tales: The Discovery of the Fish Lake Cutoff Along the Old Spanish Trail

A Trail of Many Tales: The Discovery of the Fish Lake Cutoff Along the Old Spanish Trail

by Robert W. Leonard. Jr.


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Whether four-legged animals or two-legged humans, trails are followed and retraced by an assortment of creatures through the centuries on the easiest paths through the landscape. They were always on some type of mission whether looking for forage, food, water, or ports of call. Humans, from the 16th through the 19th centuries were most always on some military or commercial enterprise between destination points. The Old Spanish Trail was used for both purposes: Spanish traders from at least 1795 to the railroad surveys of the early-1850s. Commercially, hundreds of mules left Santa Fe carrying woolen goods for the Californios. In return, thousands of horses and mules were herded back to New Mexico and then up the Santa Fe trail to Middle America. Trail of Many Tales relates the history of the trail in south central Utah by combining first-hand accounts, tribal lore, works of history, archaeology and state of the art scientific methods. Come on along and learn how large groups of animals were herded by not so many men and our identification of their trails, some 1,000 feet wide, that still can be isolated on small sections of the overland route.

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ISBN-13: 9781977223944
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2020
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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