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The Prairie Traveler: A Handbook for Overland Expeditions

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Literally a life-or-death guide to traveling the prairie lands, The Prairie Traveler: A Handbook for Overland Expeditions is a guide written for new emigrants in the late 1800s as they traveled to the West. During and soon after the Mormons began traveling to Utah, settlers and pioneers across the country began migrating further and further West in their search for a new l ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 16th 2010 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1859)
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Becky
This was good old book. It was interesting to realize that it was probably the only book available to help new pioneers cross the plains. They would have to rely on it and read it and follow it to get across rivers, deal with Indians and know what to do in emergencies in the middle of the unknown world of the West.
Now a lot of the information is out dated because of science and knowledge about how the world works, like the whole malaria thing...they really didn't know why evenyone kept getting
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Dean Hutson
Jun 19, 2017 Dean Hutson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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National Best Seller!!!!....in 1859.
The Prairie Traveler was written by Randolph B. Marcy, Captain US Army for the use of settlers as they crossed the Great Plains in the middle of the 19th century.
252+ pages (not including the list of itineraries, worth the book alone!) of facts for the intrepid pioneer to include such things as recommended clothing, shelter, wagon maintenance, selection and care of horses and information concerning the habits of Indians...and much more.
Captain Marcy had led ma
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Fredric Dorothy
Feb 23, 2017 Fredric Dorothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had a good amount of technical advice, some of it dubious, especially when it came to snake bites and disease prevention. The itineraries for the trails are fairly well detailed, it would be very great to bring this book along for a roadtrip out west.

This also had some interesting and humorous perspectives on plains Indians during the 1850s. He describes them mostly as cowardly thieves to white emigrants traversing the land, but then he goes on to describe many individual Indians who he has
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Erin
Aug 26, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aside from some excerpts from the journals of Oregon Trail travelers, I don't believe I've read any other primary sources from that period in history. Loved the dry humor of the author, and found the guidebook fascinating.
Becky Loader
Nov 18, 2015 Becky Loader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a Civil War re-enactor, I love 19th century phraseology and vocabulary. This little self-help book is chock full of it, and I now know more about mule vs. oxen teams than I could ever have imagined. Great read!
Christy
Good research for my book
Sonia
Oct 15, 2010 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was a brave person who loaded up a few possessions and headed west across the prairie. I'm not sure if I would have found courage in this book or reasons to just stay home.
Maggie
Dec 16, 2014 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fascinating
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Fun to see how people prepared for heading west back then. Not a real compelling read though.
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Makes me so grateful I was not a pioneer.
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