Story of the Great American West Author:Various How did the first westerners build their cabins? How did an Indiana farmer of the 1820's clear his land? What was life like at a Spanish mission in the Southwest? How did the forty-niners dig for gold? How was the transcontinental railroad constructed? What was it like on the plains during a grasshopper plague? How did black miners, cowboys, an... more »d settlers fare out west?
You will find the answers to these and hundreds of other questions in "Story of the Great American West", the moste exciting and lavishly illustrated one-volume history of the West ever published. It's 384 pages sparkle with a lively text and almost 1,000 illustrations. More than 200 are in full color, including magnificent paintings by great artists of the early West--Miller, Catlin, Bodmer, Lesueur, Bierstadt, Russell, and Remington--and some of the first photographs ever taken of the West and its homesteaders.
No other single book helps you understand so well what life was really like for the westering pioneers. With the aid of 23 vivid reconstructions, prepared under the supervision of expert consultants, you can imagin yourself in a variety of frontier situations: sharing the daily activities of the hardy 1780 families of Kentucky's first fortified settlement, eating a buffalo stew with an 1840 mountain man and his Indian wife, panning for gold with the forty-niners, breaking a bronc at an 1870 ranch, squeezing into a stagecoach with other dusty, perspiring passengers for an exhausting, unforgettable journey across the continent--and many more.« less