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Ordeal by Hunger by George R. Stewart
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Sep 19, 2012

really liked it
Read in September, 2012

I read this book while passing through the Sierra Madre, the scene of the tragic emigration party, on a passenger train. The country is rugged and beautiful, but apparently merciless in winter. The Donners and others in their party suffered brutal hardships while enroute to a new life in California. Ironically, these travelers were rich in material goods when they started their journey. They had oxen, cattle, horses, and household goods as well as cash in gold coins. The livestock was lost - attached by Indians or lost in the snow and of course you can't eat gold coins. As I traveled in comfort, I thought about the early pioneers crossing this vast nation on foot. It was quite a contrast.
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