The Wild West on 5 Bits a Day

The Wild West on 5 Bits a Day

by Joan Tapper


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500288726
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Series: Traveling on 5 Series
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Joan Tapper was the founding editor of National Geographic Traveler and editor of Islands Magazine and the author of The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of California, The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Southwest, The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Pacific Northwest, and The Wild West on 5 Bits a Day. She lives in California.

Table of Contents

Before You Go 6

Imagining the West 6

Why Go Now? 9

Getting There 12

The Transcontinental Journey 12

Choosing an Itinerary 18

Practical Advice 20

Where to Stay 20

What to Eat 21

What to Wear 25

What to Take 26

Finding Supplies 27

If You Get Sick 28

Bringing Back Souvenirs 30

Entertainments and Vices 32

Saloons 32

Gambling 35

Theaters and Opera Houses 36

Dancehalls and Soiled Doves 38

Practical Jokes 40

Pastimes and Celebrations 41

Lodges and Fraternal Organizations 41

Musicales and "Literaries" 42

Hose Company Competitions 43

Roundups 44

Baseball 45

The Holiday Spirit 46

People to Meet 47

William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody 47

Wyatt Earp 49

William Barclay "Bat" Masterson 51

Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce and Sarah Winnemucca of the Paiute 53

People to Avoid 56

Billy the Kid 56

Geronimo 58

John Henry "Doc" Holliday 60

Jesse James 63

Must-See Sights 73

Deadwood, Dakota Territory 73

Dodge City, Kansas 80

Fort Laramie, Wyoming Territory 88

Fort Worth, Texas 96

Leadville, Colorado 103

Salt Lake City, Utah Territory 111

Santa Fe, New Mexico Territory 117

Tombstone, Arizona Territory 124

Virginia City, Nevada 129

Yellowstone National Park 137

Yosemite Valley, California 144

Author's Note 153

Picture Credits 153

Map 154

Index 156

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