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The Great Platte River Road: The Covered Wagon Mainline via Fort Kearny to Fort Laramie Merrill J. Mattes

The Great Platte River Road: The Covered Wagon Mainline via Fort Kearny to Fort Laramie

Merrill J. Mattes

Published November 1st 1987
ISBN : 9780803281530
Paperback
600 pages
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The Great Platte River Road through Nebraska and Wyoming was the grand corridor of Americas westward expansion. A number of famous trails converged in the broad valley of the Platte, forming a kind of primitive superhighway for the great coveredMoreThe Great Platte River Road through Nebraska and Wyoming was the grand corridor of Americas westward expansion. A number of famous trails converged in the broad valley of the Platte, forming a kind of primitive superhighway for the great covered wagon migration from 1841 to 1866. From jumping-off places along the Missouri River—notably the Omaha-Council Bluffs, St. Joseph, and Kansas City areas—the emigrant throngs came together at Fort Kearny, Nebraska. Although they continued on to South Pass, Wyoming, and beyond, this book focuses on the feeder mutes and the more than three hundred miles between Fort Kearny and Fort Laramie.The Great Platte River Road looks at border towns, trail routes, river crossings, stage stations, military posts, and such landmarks as Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff. It goes far beyond geography and Indian encounters in revealing cultural aspects of the great migration: food, dress, equipment, organization, camping, traffic patterns, sex ratios, morals, manners, religion, crime, accidents, disease, death, and burial customs.