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Across the Plains in the Donner Party:
a personal narrative of the overland trip to California,
by Virginia Reed Murphy.
Virginia was 12 years old when her family left Springfield, Illinois to trek across the
plains to California, their intended new home, along with 25 fellow emigrants. Along the
way, her grandmother died, her pony had to be left, her family lost their oxen and had to
abandon a wagon with their possessions, her stepfather killed a man and was banished from
the train, and then she and her group were trapped in snows at the eastern foot of the
Sierra Nevada crest at and near what is now Donner Lake and Truckee, California. As a
result, 13 of those who started with her in Springfield, and 29 more who joined her along
the way, never did cross those mountains. Here is the little girl's story, written by her
later as an adult, now a part of the American epic of winning the West.
Reprinted from Century Magazine with illustrations added from Frederic
Remington and others. 64 pages.
Order #: VIST0099 paper$7.95
by Colonel Henry Inman with "Buffalo Bill" Cody.
America nearly lost its buffalo (or bison, to be more accurate), but in an early
conservation effort a small herd was retained. This has now grown into a sizable
population, which recall to us the vast herds that once roamed and even blackened the
plains. This story, however, is told by one who at one point in his career was actively
engaged in slaughtering the animals. They were a nuisance that got in the way of the new
trains, and, besides, eliminating buffaloes might help in subduing Indians. Life habits of
the animal are given as well, and what better way to learn of the place in our history of
the buffalo than by reading an account by one of the principals in their history.
Reprinted from 1898.
Illustrations are by Frederic Remington and others. 48 pages.
ISBN-10: 0-89646-028-2. ISBN-13:
Order #: VIST0028 paper$4.95
Buffalo Bill poster
Portrait of Colonel W.F. Cody from a pre-1900 poster printed in purple, yellow, and
sepia on heavy stock, 11 " 15". Dealer's minimum order =10.
ISBN-10: 0-89646-093-2. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-093-5. Order #:
by William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody.
Buffalo Bill remains famous because he typifies the romantic figure of the American
West. His Wild West shows, a mixture of rodeo and circus along with real-life history,
spread his fame, dramatizing this frontiersman as a super rider and top marksman. To us
moderns, reading how Cody could be both an Indian killer and a friend of the Indian people
might be hard to grasp, but it is important to grasp to better understand the nature of
the frontier. Indian Sitting Bull, for instance, and Buffalo Bill had stood against each
other in matters of war, but toured in the Wild West show together! Also here are his
tales as a Pony Express rider, buffalo hunter, and riding his horse for their lives. This
is Bill's story, in his words; and yet, as an American, it is your story, too.
Period illustrations, with a color cover. 24 pages.
Order #: VIST0098
by Major John Wesley Powell.
Note the word cañons in the title would today be spelled canyons. From Wyoming, into
Colorado, through Utah, to Arizona and the Grand Canyon, and to Nevada--this was the
journey of the "Colorado River Exploring Expedition", what Powell called his
group of 9 men and 4 boats as they began charting what was the last major unexplored part
of the then United States. The trip was not only scientific in its goals, but it naturally
became a grand adventure, with two of their party opting to leave the expedition before
attempting a furious cascade, only to be killed by Indians. Much of the land and scenery
which they drifted or dashed past is today included in national park areas.
Illustrations are by Thomas Moran and others. 64 pages.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-059-1. Order #:
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by Jerome A.Greene.
Author is a National Park Service Historian, once stationed at what is now Little
Bighorn National Monument, where Custer's Last Battle occurred. This is a modern study of
battlefield events based on Indian testimony from the time and on Indian and Army relics
discovered on the battlefield since1876. Maps detail movements of the various companies
and show the Indian positions. Appendixes list relic finds, battle leaders, references. A
fold-out map shows where relics have been found.
Photographs and drawings of Indian and Army leaders and of the battlefield and its
relics enhance the text. 76 pages.
Order #: VIST0058 paper$6.95.
by W. B. (Bat) Masterson.
Biographies of gunfighters by the master himself, including Ben Thompson, Wyatt Earp,
Luke Short, Buffalo Bill Cody, Doc Holliday, Billy Tilghman, Bat Masterson, and others.
Includes Tombstone's famous fight at the O.K. Corral, how Holliday got into his career,
Indian battles, stagecoach wrecks and holdups, barroom brawls, sheriffs of the West,
gambling and gamblers, cattle rustlers, railroads. Settings include cowtowns--Dodge, Hays,
Sheridan, Cody, Leadville, Fort Worth, Glenwood Springs. Reprinted from 1907.
Illustrations from the original and period sources, including Frederic Remington. 96
Order #: VIST0087 paper$6.95
by James. W. Buel.
Author Buel was a newspaper man of Hickock's day and later one of Hickock's principal
biographers, thus a source probably as close to the truth as we can get on the now
legendary figure Wild Bill. Bill's reputation as a fighter emerged early in his career,
and the fear that struck in the hearts of opponents helped him command many a situation
before a showdown. But when one came, his courage was legend, as he was always willing to
fight no matter the odds. He paid a price, though. He spent much of his life convalescing
from bullet and knife wounds! While sheriff, he accidentally shot his deputy, and Widl
Bill himself was finally assassinated while playing cards. Bill lived his life during the
periods of the Civil War and the Indian Wars that followed, in the era of the Wild
celebrated by Buffalo Bill's Wild West shows, and in which Wild Bill appeared for a time.
Reprinted from Heroes of the West, 1881. Period drawings. 56 pages.
Order #: VIST0013 paper$4.95
by Theodore Roosevelt.
After being president, Roosevelt stated "I would not have been president had it
not been for my experience in North Dakota" And so here are his experiences, as he
wrote about them, of cattle, ranching, sheriff's work, hunting game, and frontier types.
Tales of round-ups, breaking broncos, and arresting thieves are included, as well as the
harshness of the winters on his Elkhorn Ranch, much of which is now in the Theodore
Roosevelt National Memorial Park. Foreword is by park naturalist Gerard T. Altoff.
Reprinted from 1888 and 1893.
Illustrated primarily with engravings done by Frederic Remington for the original
publication. 96 large-format pages.
Order #: VIST0034 paper$9.95
WESTERN-AMERICANA-RELATED TITLES ON OTHER PAGES
THE DIARY OF PATRICK BREEN.
HOW WE GET GOLD IN CALIFORNIA.
HYDRAULIC GOLD-MINING IN CALIFORNIA, 1883.
LAKE OF THE SKY: LAKE TAHOE in the High Sierras of California and Nevada.
THE MAMMOTH TREES OF CALAVERAS.
MARK TWAIN'S VIRGINIA CITY: Nevada Territory in the 1860s.
MOUNTAINEERING in the KINGS RIVER COUNTRY, 1864.
A MINER'S SUNDAY, 1849.
MONARCH, the BIG BEAR OF TALLAC in the Lake Tahoe High Sierra.
THE MURDER OF JULIA BULETTE: Virginia City, Nevada; 1867.
Pioneer Days in San Francisco.
Order #: VIST0015
A TRIP TO BODIE BLUFF and the Dead Sea of the West (Mono Lake)--in 1863.
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A RIVAL OF THE YOSEMITE: The Canon of the South Fork of King's River,
The Hummingbird of the California Waterfalls.
by John Muir. ISBN: 978-0-89646-019-5. Order #:
IN THE HEART OF THE CALIFORNIA ALPS: a near view of the High Sierra in 1872.
THE WILD SHEEP.
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AT A NEW MINING CAMP: Creede of Colorado, 1892.
THE CITY OF DENVER, 1888: an early history of "The Queen City of the Plains".
CRIPPLE CREEK 1900: a Colorado Mining Camp.
THE DOME OF THE CONTINENT: Colorado in 1872
SILVER SAN JUAN: the mines and high scenery in Colorado's southwest
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Art of the American Indian.
978-0-89646-067-6. Order #:
THE SOUTHERN UTE INDIANS OF EARLY COLORADO
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ACROSS ARIZONA including glimpses of Yuma, Tombstone,
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DISCOVERY OF THE YOSEMITE IN 1851
OUR YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
THE PROPOSED YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK--Treasures & Features, 1890
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