Our Faces are Westward: The 1852 Oregon Trail Journey of Edward Jay Allen
Oregon-California Trails Association, 2012 - Oregon National Historic Trail - 262 pages
An ailing Edward Jay Allen joined a wagon train en route to Oregon in 1852. Despite exhaustion from weeks of strenuous travel, he guided a raft down the Snake River. A foot injury compelled him to risk a harrowing "float" over falls and rapids. Lucky to be alive, he reached Fort Boise and operated a ferry before returning to the trail. Walking with difficulty and short of food and water, he struggled on to Portland. Based on newly-discovered diaries and letters replete with keen observations, poetry, and humor, Allen's delightfully literate, entertaining accounts bring the emigrant trail experience to life.
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This is a fascinating, mostly first-person account of crossing the continent in 1852. The authors do a superb job of blending Allen's own words with their own research and the writing of other travelers to produce a captivating chronology of the journey.