The Great Platte River Road: The Covered Wagon Mainline Via Fort Kearny to Fort Laramie

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U of Nebraska Press, 1987 - History - 583 pages
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The Great Platte River Road through Nebraska and Wyoming was the grand corridor of America's westward expansion. A number of famous trails converged in the broad valley of the Platte, forming a kind of primitive superhighway for the great covered wagon migration from 1841 to 1866. From jumping-off places along the Missouri River?notably the Omaha-Council Bluffs, St. Joseph, and Kansas City areas?the emigrant throngs came together at Fort Kearny, Nebraska. Although they continued on to South Pass, Wyoming, and beyond, this book focuses on the feeder mutes and the more than three hundred miles between Fort Kearny and Fort Laramie.

The Great Platte River Road looks at border towns, trail routes, river crossings, stage stations, military posts, and such landmarks as Chimney Rock and Scott's Bluff. It goes far beyond geography and Indian encounters in revealing cultural aspects of the great migration: food, dress, equipment, organization, camping, traffic patterns, sex ratios, morals, manners, religion, crime, accidents, disease, death, and burial customs.

  

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Contents

GRAND CORRIDOR OF WESTWARD EXPANSION
3
THE GREAT MIGRATION
22
ELEPHANTS OF THE PLATTE
61
THE JUMPINGOFF PLACES
103
APPROACHES TO THE NEBRASKA SEACOAST
136
FORT KEARNY AND THE FORTYNINERS
167
FORT KEARNY GATEWAY TO THE GREAT PLAINS
192
THE GREAT PLATTE RIVER VALLEY
238
LITTLE THUNDERS DISASTER
311
PROCEEDINGS AT THE COURT HOUSE
339
CHIMNEY ROCK EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD
378
MR SCOTTS BLUFFS AND MR ROBIDOUXS PASS
421
GENERAL MITCHELLS PASS
454
FORT LARAMIE AND THE FORTYNINERS
480
FORT LARAMIE GATEWAY TO THE MOUNTAINS
501
BIBLIOGRAPHY
523

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274
ASH HOLLOW ROYAL ROAD TO THE NORTH PLATTE
281

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Merrill J. Mattes based his monumental work on an examination of more than seven hundred overland journals. He has included a chronology, original maps, contemporary sketches, modern photographs, and a comprehensive bibliography.

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