This was the indispensable handbook for American pioneers traveling west in the mid 19th century. Commissioned and published by the U.S. government and written in a straightforward and helpful voice by U.S. Army officer Randolph Barnes Marcy (1812-1887), it offers all the useful and necessary advice overland travelers to the far West needed to ensure a safe journey:rn rn . the different routes to California and Oregonrn . how to pack a wagon for the journeyrn . finding and purifying waterrn . repairing broken wagonsrn . weathering stormsrn . how to handle saddle woundsrn . the best way to make a fire on the prairiern . interacting with Indiansrn . hints on the best methods of huntingrn . and much more.rn rn Complete with all the original maps and illustrations, this replica edition is a remarkable artifact of one of the most exciting and dangerous eras in American history.