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The Old West: The Rivermen (The Old West #12)

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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 1st 1975 by Time-life Books Inc
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Steven Peterson
Feb 08, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
The Time-Life series on "The Old West" was well done in its time. The volumes that I got had a nice leather cover, slick pages, and many illustrations and photos. An attractive package with good material inside.

This volume focuses on "The Rivermen" of the Missouri River and its tributaries. As the author puts it (Page 7): "For generations of explorers and exploiters, the Missouri was the key to the West." And how to traverse the Missouri? A variety of vessels are featured on page 20--from dugout
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Jan 23, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
I was going to Starbucks here in Pomona one day and saw over head an enormous 747 jetliner that was slowly drifting towards Ontario International Airport. As I looked up at that incredible marvel of 20th century technology I thought how strange it would be if I had never seen one before. I had the same thought as I read Paul O'Niel describing stern-wheel paddle boats driving farther and farther up the Missouri River all the way up to what one day would become Montana, North Dakota, and South Dak ...more
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Nov 01, 2012 Jean rated it liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
This was in interesting history of the men who navigated the
steamboats up the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains. They faced the dangers of a treacherous river and hostile Indians as they transported fur trappers, gold miners and adventure seekers.

Grant Marsh, captain of the Far West, made history when he escorted George Armstrong Custer and the 7th U.S. Calvary to suicidal defeat at the Little Bighorn River. The trip back down the river with the survivors from other batallions was the "wi
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Scott
Apr 11, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it
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I got this one for $1 from the local Hospice thrift shop. They had the whole "Old West" set but I only grabbed this and "The Loggers". I felt bad for breaking up the set which had "The Eugene A Peterson family, 1979" transcribed on all the covers. The photos, illustrations and stories are very interesting with some very detailed captions. That was some rough life traveling up the unexplored Missouri river with grounded boats at every bend and boilers that would blow up without warning. Fun times ...more
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