Glendale, CA: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1954. First Edition. 333pp. Octavo [24.5] Green cloth with the title and bands gilt stamped on the backstrip. Near fine. Fold-out map present at the end. Item #4375
Second volume in the well-received series 'Far West and the Rockies.' In the autumn of 1849 several companies of gold seekers and some Mormon missionaries trekked a 'Southern Route' to California. The largest company was the Jefferson Hunt train of over 100 wagons. Most of the gold seekers turned from the Old Spanish Trail to take the so-called 'Walker Cutoff' to the California Mines. Rugged terrain turned back most of these; the foolhardy ones who persisted became the famous Death Valley Party. The number of the different parties of '49ers on this general route and identification of their trails are here worked out for the first time. Several exceptionally important and enlightening diaries detail the route and experiences of Addison Pratt, Henry W. Bigler, William Farrar, Charles C. Rich, Sheldon Young, Howard Egan, and others. Clark/Brunet 118.