Glendale, CA: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1955. First Edition. 315pp. 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 #4376
Third volume in the well-received series 'Far West and the Rockies.' The journals included in this volume describe journeys to and through the Rocky Mountains; and two of them add accounts of travels on to Oregon. Four narratives - those of E. Willard Smith, Obadiah Oakley, Robert Shortess, and Sidney Smith - are of trips made in 1839. These cover journeys along the Santa Fe Trail and the Arkansas River, over the mountains by two routes to Brown's Hole on Green River, and a boat trip with furs down the Platte and Missouri to St. Louis. Good contemporary descriptions of the fur trade days and of characters in the central Rockies are presented in these journals. The Joseph Williams tour to Oregon and back, 1841-42, pictures the first homeseeker emigrant parties enroute to Oregon and California. His return journey was along the unusual route by Fort Uintah, Fort Uncompahgre, and Taos. These accounts contribute welcome information to a period and region which contemporary records are scant. Clark/Brunet 118.