Glendale, CA: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1968. Third printing. 377pp. Octavo [24.5] Green cloth with the title and bands gilt on the backstrip. Better than very good. Item #4374
Inscribed by the author on the title page: "To my history minded friend, Harmon Hatch. Cordially Roy Hafen." First volume in the well-received series 'Far West and the Rockies.' Here is presented for the first time a complete history of one of the notable pioneer trails of America. This picturesque route extended over mountains and deserts to tie together the frontier outposts of Santa Fe and Los Angeles. Envisioned and partially opened by Spanish padres, Escalante and Garces in 1776, it was completed by American fur trappers a half century later. For twenty years it was the scene of regular commerce - pack trains of blankets carried to California each fall and bands of horses and mules driven back to New Mexico each spring. Horse-theives, slave catchers, and some homeseekers also braved the desert stretches of this inhospitable trail. Included in the volume are scores of extracts from contemporary records. the rare diaries of Antonion Armijo and of Orville Pratt are given in full. Clark/Brunet 118.