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Devil's Gate: Owning the Land, Owning the Story
Devil’s Gate—the name conjures difficult passage and portends a doubtful outcome. In this eloquent and captivating narrative, Tom Rea traces the history of the Sweetwater River valley in central Wyoming—a remote place including Devil’s Gate, Independence Rock, and other sites along a stretch of the Oregon Trail—to show how ownership of a place can translate into owning its ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 13th 2006 by University of Oklahoma Press
(first published September 20th 2006)
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Nov 05, 2013 Tuck rated it really liked it · review of another edition
interesting history of "oregon trail" based on one place along that route, sweetwater river valley in central wyoming. lots of stuff happened there, and also not much in that out-of-the-way place. indians and all kinds of game lived there, jackson photographed it, fremont measured it, sun family started stores and toll bridges there, mormon hand carters died in droves there, usa reclamation dept built dams there, fat cat ranchers lynched competition there, mormons bought gentile ranches there, b ...more
A very illuminating history of a place that could've easily been dismissed as the middle of nowhere. Women going West, Mormons, Indians, Boy Scouts all mark histories here. I like stories about the amazing wagon trails that shaped the country. As an East Coaster they seem a little exotic and always make me wonder if I would've had the guts/grit/desire to do such a thing.