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A Tramp Across the Continent
When young Charles Lummis heard about a job in the small town of Los Angeles more than a century ago, he walked all the way to it—across the plains, up Pike's Peak, down Devil's Gorge, through the Grand Canyon, over the desert. It was, by conservative estimate, one of the grandest hikes in American history. With no reason to be modest, Lummis called his "unpretentious" acc ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published April 1st 1982 by University of Nebraska Press
(first published 1893)
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Jan 19, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who love western folklore
In 1884 Charles Lummis was offered a job at a Los Angeles newspaper. He lived in Ohio. He took the job and then walked to California—passing though all the great landmarks we now think of in terms of National Parks. His dispatches elevated him to hero status (of sorts) and his road trip turned out to be one of the greatest hikes in history. Lummis was one of the first advocates for Indian rights, Hispanic rights and the preservation of the natural wilderness. His writing is gloriously prosaic, s ...more
It's a good story about walking from St. Louis to Los Angeles (or thereabouts) back in the day when one could carry a gun and shoot critters with equanimity, then stop by the cabins of folks living out in the wilds and expect to get a warm bed and hot meal free for nothin'. Has some excellent (very up-to-date) remarks about race relations aimed at correcting the ill-informed. And it's all more or less true. Quick and easy. Only thing lacking in the edition I read was a map tracing the route of h ...more