Publisher description for Covered wagon days : a journey across the plains in the sixties and pioneer days in the Northwest / from the private journals of Albert Jerome Dickson ; edited by Arthur Jerome Dickson ; introduction by A.B. Guthrie, Jr.
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Albert Jerome Dickson was fourteen years old in 1864 when he left LaCrosse, Wisconsin, in a small caravan of covered wagons headed for Montana Territory. Thousands of emigrants had preceded him on the Oregon Trail, but none ever described the journey in sharper detail. Covered Wagon Days recreates the daily progress of Dickson's party, which included his guardians, Joshua and Rebecca Ridgley. The logistics of such a trip, the sights along a trail marked by ruts and fresh graves, the rigors of camping, the encounters with Indians and returning pilgrims and vigilantes running after road agents—all figure in Dickson's memoir. The payoff for the Ridgleys is not the gold being discovered in the mountains near Virginia City but a fine farm in Gallatin Valley. As vivid as any novel about the Oregon Trail and pioneering in the Northwest, Covered Wagon Days, first published in 1929, is based on journals and materials that were edited by the author's son, Arthur Jerome Dickson.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
West (U.S.) -- Description and travel.
Overland journeys to the Pacific.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1860-1890.
Dickson, Albert Jerome, -- b. 1849 or 50 -- Diaries.
Pioneers -- West (U.S.) -- Diaries.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Northwest, Pacific.