Search Our Online Inventory

Advanced Search
Online Gift Cards
Checkout a Gift Card

Would you like an Online Gift Card to Earthlight Books?


Familiar Links
 Last Word Books

Walla Walla:
Welcome Table Farm

The Oregon Trail: An American Saga, Dary, David

Author Name    Dary, David

Title   The Oregon Trail: An American Saga

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Very Good

Publisher    Knopf

ISBN Number    0375413995 / 9780375413995

Seller ID   SKU1037664

0375413995 First edition, first printing. Very Good. Light shelf wear to covers/corners; satisfaction guaranteed. Hardcover with Dust Jacket under mylar. Earthlight Books is a family owned and operated, independent bookstore serving Walla Walla, Washington since 1973.

More Description

A major one-volume history of the Oregon Trail from its earliest beginnings to the present, by a prize-winning historian of the American West.
Starting with an overview of Oregon Country in the early 1800s, a vast area then the object of international rivalry among Spain, Britain, Russia, and the United States, David Dary gives us the whole sweeping story of those who came to explore, to exploit, and, finally, to settle there.
Using diaries, journals, company and expedition reports, and newspaper accounts, David Dary takes us inside the experience of the continuing waves of people who traveled the Oregon Trail or took its cutoffs to Utah, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, and California. He introduces us to the fur traders who set up the first "forts" as centers to ply their trade; the missionaries bent on converting the Indians to Christianity; the mountain men and voyageurs who settled down at last in the fertile Willamette Valley; the farmers and their families propelled west by economic bad times in the East; and, of course, the gold-seekers, Pony Express riders, journalists, artists, and entrepreneurs who all added their unique presence to the land they traversed.
We meet well-known figures-John Jacob Astor, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, John Fremont, the Donners, and Red Cloud, among others-as well as dozens of little-known men, women, and children who jotted down what they were seeing and feeling in journals, letters, or perhaps even on a rock or a gravestone.
Throughout, Dary keeps us informed of developments in the East and their influence on events in the West, among them the building of the transcontinental railroad and the efforts of the far western settlements to become U.S. territories and eventually states.
Above all, "The Oregon Trail" offers a panoramic look at the romance, colorful stories, hardships, and joys of the pioneers who made up this tremendous and historic migration.

Price = 9.50 USD

Browse some related titles while you're here:
People of the Raven (North America's Forgotten Past), Gear, W. Michael; Gear, Kathleen O'Neal
People of the Raven (North America's Forgotten Past)
Gear, W. Michael; Gear, Kathleen O'Neal
22.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

The Age of Doubt: Tracing the Roots of Our Religious Uncertainty, Lane, Christopher
The Age of Doubt: Tracing the Roots of Our Religious Uncertainty
Lane, Christopher
7.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Jefferson's War: America's First War on Terror 1801-1805
Wheelan, Joseph
13.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Thomas Jefferson
R. B. Bernstein
6.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

The Castle in the Forest
Mailer, Norman
9.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

From Nature (Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction), Thomas Carper
From Nature (Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction)
Thomas Carper
9.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion
Holzer, Harold
7.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

James Monroe: the quest for national identity
Ammon, Harry
15.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

America's First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735-1918
Brookhiser, Richard
6.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Bloodlines, D'Aguiar, Fred
D'Aguiar, Fred
13.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

We've Already Gone This Far: Stories
Dacey, Patrick
25.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Imager's Battalion: The Sixth Book of the Imager Portfolio, Modesitt Jr., L. E.
Imager's Battalion: The Sixth Book of the Imager Portfolio
Modesitt Jr., L. E.
17.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!


Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to
Copyright©2017. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by