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The Covered Wagon

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most impor ...more
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Published (first published February 22nd 2013)
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Mar 06, 2011 J.R. rated it liked it
Shelves: westerns
I read and enjoyed this story as a boy. And I can say now it’s still enjoyable, despite a few quirks of dialogue and other uses we now consider old-fashioned.

Hough knew the people and land whereof he wrote, having living the pioneer life himself in New Mexico and as an avid outdoorsman throughout the west. Set in the late 1840s just before the California gold rush (which actually plays a vital role in the plot), the book tells of two wagon caravans bound for Oregon and the conflict which divides
Aug 21, 2011 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Can't believe I read the whole thing. But have to admit, it wasn't all bad, just a little bit old fashioned. This thing goes back to 1922 or so, and is done in what I would call an archaic writing style. Steeds for horses, anyone? The Indians are savages, the white race superior, the hero seems to be of southern origin, all the old attitudes. But like the covered wagon, it just keeps plugging along. We even get some real people like Kit Carson and Jim Bridge. Lots of "hold on thars." And of cour ...more
I have read a fair number of books from this era, and understand that the times dictate what sold in popular fiction. What I don't understand is why the same tripe couldn't be served up in a different dish sometimes. Everything in this story of an Oregon-bound wagon train was entirely predictable. The plates from the movie are interesting, though, and Hough's command of the English language is nice.
Aug 11, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wagon train going from the midwest to Oregon in 1848. There are Indian fights, deaths, loves, death, and the suspense of traveling through high water rivers. It even touches on the gold rush of 49. It is a pleasant read.
Mar 07, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book written in 1922. It was a lot like watching an old John Wayne movie.
Princess Cassandra
It was overall a very good book.
Some of it was slow going and too much descriptions(maybe I'm too impatient?...) but overall the story was a good one. I'd definitely recommend.
Shawn Jarrell
An ok book

This was hard reading to follow but overall a good book. It seemed to be somewhat factual for historical purposes
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Emerson Hough was an American author best known for writing western stories and historical novels.

He married Charlotte Chesebro of Chicago in 1897 and made that city his home. During World War I, he served as a Captain with the Intelligence Service. He died in Evanston, Illinois, on April 30, 1923, a week after seeing the Chicago premiere of the movie The Covered Wagon, based on his 1922 book. Cov
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