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Bound for Montana: Diaries from the Bozeman Trail
     

Bound for Montana: Diaries from the Bozeman Trail

by Susan Badger Doyle (Editor)
 

On May 14, 1866, Perry Burgess summed up the expectations and hopes of countless westering Americans when he wrote in his diary: "packed up and started on our journey toward the land of gold." Here are stories of the prospectors, freighters, wives, and merchants who, like Burgess, traveled the Bozeman Trails in search of fortune, adventure, or a new life.

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On May 14, 1866, Perry Burgess summed up the expectations and hopes of countless westering Americans when he wrote in his diary: "packed up and started on our journey toward the land of gold." Here are stories of the prospectors, freighters, wives, and merchants who, like Burgess, traveled the Bozeman Trails in search of fortune, adventure, or a new life.

A shortcut from the Platte River Road to the Montana goldfields, the Bozeman Trail was relatively short in length—less than five hundred miles—yet it has the enduring distinction of being the last great overland emigrant trail in the American West. Encounter the trail as it was experienced by seven travelers: the leader of a company of Michigan men who traveled with one of the first groups to cross it; a new bride traveling with her husband; two young men—a store clerk and a typesetter—for whom the trip was a thoroughly enjoyable adventure; a prospector out to make his fortune in the West; a sober Civil War veteran concerned about the possibility of Indian attack; and the supervisor of a freight train who found time to write despite his heavy responsibilities.

Join their journey through these annotated diaries, and discover the dangers and pleasures, frustrations and joys of travel on the Bozeman Trail.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A masterful achievement balancing detail and context."
—Sherry Smith, Great Plains Quarterly

"Among the best trail histories."
—Richard Jensen, Nebraska History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780917298981
Publisher:
Montana Historical Society Press
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
372
Sales rank:
940,736
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Badger Doyle is the editor of Journeys to the Land of Gold: Emigrant Diaries from the Bozeman Trail. She edits the Oregon-California Trails Emigrant Trails Historical Studies Series. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of New Mexico and currently lives in Pendleton, Oregon.

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