The Old Oregon Country: A History of Frontier Trade, Transportation and Travel

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U of Nebraska Press, 1969 - History - 348 pages
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The Pacific Northwest, the old Oregon country, was one of the most remote and inaccessible frontier areas, but it was also known to be rich in natural resources. The opening up of this region is a story of courage, endurance, and pioneer enterprise. Transportation in this rugged country was a problem to the settlers who would promote commerce and travel, just as it was a problem to the earlier fur traders. The construction of roads and development of water routes progressed through the years until the railroad finally came to the Northwest, but at no time did the scarcity of roads prevent settlers from pushing back the frontier. Here the whole story of travel and travelers in this region is told for the first time. The book is based largely on primary sources and, as such, is a contribution to history. As an account of courage and ingenuity, transportation monopoly against transportation monopoly, and man versus nature, it is fascinating reading. University Professor of History at Indiana University, O. O. Winther is the author of Express and Stagecoach Days in California and Via Western Express and Stagecoach.
  

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Contents

HAITI I PRIMITIVE OLD OREGON
3
A LINK IN THE CHINA TRADE
14
THE NORTH WEST COMPANY
24
COMPANY OF ADVENTURERS
39
PRO PELLE CUTEM
55
THE HONOURABLE COMPANYS LARDER
65
YANKEE INFILTRATION
81
THE FUR COUNTRY IN TRANSITION
96
PART THREE THE MINERAL EMPIRE
171
THE PACK TRAIN ERA
173
THE MULLAN ROAD
202
LONG HAULS TO THE HINTERLAND
214
OBAPTU Ttat
231
FULL STEAM AHEAD
246
STAGECOACH AND EXPRESS MONOPOLIES
255
STAGECOACH TRAVEL
273

PART TWO THE AGRICULTURAL FRONTIER
107
IMMIGRANT TRAILS
109
OLD WAGON ROADS
122
OVERLAND TRADE AND TRANSPORTATION ON THE OLD WEST COAST
135
THE COMING OF THE PADDLE WHEELS
157

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