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West Coast Journeys: 1865-1879 The Travelogue of a Remarkable Woman

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First published more than a century ago, this journal of a woman's life and travels in post-Civil War California and the Northwest is one of the first female accounts of the region.

Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 22nd 2002 by Sasquatch Books
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I bought this book in Denver for 25 cents and now consider it the deal of the century because it was worth so much more than that. This is a woman who was way ahead of her time--one of the first women to venture past the Mississippi and into the great unknown American West. Caroline Leighton possessed a fearless sense of adventure and wrote with the skill and passion of the classically educated sojourner that she was. She met Chief Seattle 2 years before his death, and traveled, lived and worked ...more
Sarah Sammis
West Coast Journeys by Caroline C. Leighton is a compilation of diary entries and letters she wrote during her trips from San Francisco through parts of California up through Oregon, Washington and into Canada.

Washington was still a territory at the time of Leighton's travels. Although things have changed and transportation options have improved, Leighton's precise and pictorial descriptions of her journey makes it easy to follow along on a modern day map. I read with a copy of Google Maps open
Really enjoying these journals from a nineteenth century woman with a voice at times way ahead of her time. She seems much more open minded than other women of her period I have read, and her spiritual connection to and awareness of the natural world is one I can really relate to.
Picked this up a couple of years ago while tent camping across Western Canada – loved it!
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