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:
. the different routes to California and Oregon
. how to pack a wagon for the journey
. finding and purifying water
. repairing broken wagons
. weathering storms
. how to handle saddle wounds
. the best way to make a fire on the prairie
. interacting with Indians
. hints on the best methods of hunting
. and much more.
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.