Parkman went on an expedition along part of the Oregon Trail through Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas in 1846. He went from Westport (Kansas City) up to the Platte River and on to Fort Laramie. He joined some Sioux to go to the foothills of the Medicine Bow Mountains. He returned to Fort Laramie and went southwest to Pueblo and Bent's Fort. Parkman turned east and followed the Santa Fe Trail to Westport.
Keen observations and a graphic style characterize the author's remarkable record of a vanishing frontier. Detailed accounts of the hardships experienced while traveling across mountains and prairies; vibrant portraits of emigrants and Western wildlife; and vivid descriptions of Indian life and culture. A classic of American frontier literature.
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