Overland Journey from Utah to California: Wagon Travel from the City of Saints to the City of Angels

Overland Journey from Utah to California: Wagon Travel from the City of Saints to the City of Angels

by Edward Leo Lyman

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Overview

Overland Journey from Utah to California: Wagon Travel from the City of Saints to the City of Angels by Edward Leo Lyman

The wagon trail between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles is one of the most important but least-known elements of nineteenth-century western migration, favored because it could be used for travel and freighting year-round. It was, however, arguably the most difficult route that pioneers traveled with any consistency in the entire history of the country, leapfrogging from one sometimes dubious desert watering place to the next and offering few havens for the sick, weary, or unfortunate.
This book is the first history of the complete Southern Route and of the people who developed and used it. Based on extensive research, including many early travelers’ accounts, the book discusses the exploration and development of the Old Spanish Trail. Lyman’s discussions of relations between the Mormons and the Native American peoples of the region and of the Mountain Meadows Massacre offer fresh and important analyses of these vital aspects of the westward movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874177527
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 03/28/2008
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Edward Leo Lyman is a distinguished scholar of western transportation and community history, specializing in Mormon politics and migrations. He is the author of five books and more than twenty journal articles.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Prefacexi
Chapter 1Contemporary Impressions Along the Southern Route1
Chapter 2The Old Spanish Trail--Highway of Diversity18
Chapter 3The Anglo-American Road in 184944
Chapter 4Varied Travelers71
Chapter 5Outside Observers and Mormon-Indian Relations98
Chapter 6Conflict with the Federal Government--and Tragedy122
Chapter 7Freighting from the Pacific Coast to Utah152
Chapter 8Continued Emigration, Early Mojave Settlement, and Conflict with Native Americans in California179
Chapter 9Later Developments at Each End of the Southern Route204
Chapter 10Summary and Conclusions227
Notes235
Bibliography265
Index275

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