Covered Wagon Women, Volume 11
Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1879-1903
Kenneth L. Holmes
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: Bison Books
eBook ISBN: 9780803274815
The stories seem simple—they left, they traveled, they settled—yet
the restless westering impulse of Americans created one of the most
enduring figures in our frontier pantheon: the hardy pioneer
persevering against all odds. Undeterred by storms, ruthless
bandits, towering mountains, and raging epidemics, the women in
these volumes suggest why the pioneer represented the highest
ideals and aspirations of a young nation. In this concluding volume
of the Covered Wagon Women series, we see the final animal-powered
overland migrations that were even then yielding to railroad travel
and, in a few short years, to the automobile. The diaries and
letters resonate with the vigor and spirit that made possible the
settling and community-building of the American West.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kenneth L. Holmes was a professor of history at Western Oregon State College. He edited and compiled Covered Wagon Women, drawing on archives and private sources.
Katherine Morrissey is an associate professor of history at the University of Arizona and the author of Mental Territories: Mapping the Inland Empire.