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The Covered Wagon

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The Covered Wagon is one of the classic sagas of the American West, set in the days of the settlement of the far frontier in the Northwest. Gatherings of families join together in the spring west of the Mississippi to form long wagon trains heading across the Great Plains and over the Continental Divide to Oregon and a new life. They are beset by the hardships of nature, f ...more
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J.R.
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
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Paul
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
Betsy
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.
Paula
Loved this book written in 1922. It was a lot like watching an old John Wayne movie.
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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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