A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1960 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
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In 1872, Isabella Bird, daughter of a clergyman, set off alone to the Antipodes 'in search of health' and found she had embarked on a life of adventurous travel. In 1873, wearing Hawaiian riding dress, she rode her horse through the American Wild West, a terrain only newly opened to pioneer settlement. The letters that make up this volume were first published in 1879. They tell of magnificent, unspoiled landscapes and abundant wildlife, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the volatile passions of the miners and pioneer settlers. A classic account of a truly astounding journey.

  

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Review: A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (Virago Travellers)

User Review  - Becky Jenson Straub - Goodreads

A series of letters written by Isabella to her sister while traveling in Colorado. She paints and interesting picture of a woman alone and adventuring in the late 1800's. The writing got a bit long ... Read full review

Review: A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (Virago Travellers)

User Review  - Kathryn French - Goodreads

The recounting of a solo trip into the winter Rocky Mountains in 1873, by a woman. She lived to publish this and to further travel far afield until she was 70, in 1901--- amazing. Read full review

Contents

A ladys getupGrizzly bearsThe Gem
17
A Temple of Morpheus Utah A Godforgot
23
LETTER IV
36
LETTER V
44
LETTER VI
64
Personality of Longs PeakMountain Jim
83
LETTER VIII
102
LETTER IX
124
LETTER XI
165
LETTER XII
178
LETTER XIII
192
LETTER XIV
204
LETTER XV
215
LETTER XVI
229
Womans missionThe last morningCrossing
240
INDEX
251

LETTER X
144

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