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Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail (American Frontier Series) Paperback – October 19, 2015
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The author describes, matter-of factly, his experiences on the great journey to the Oregon territory. He not only crossed the continnent with a wife and baby, but pioneered homes in Oregon and Puget Sound. These were tough people, who asked no quarter from nature and prevailed.
I am interested, particularly, in the use of oxen on the trail. Unfortunately, oxen were common tools for the author. As a result, he felt there was nothing special about them that would cause him to give the details of training and driving oxen. This was a minor, personal disappointment and in no way detracted from an interesting and enjoyable book.
1. In the Beginning: Early Pioneer Days at Fort Nisqually, the Earliest Settlement in Western Washington (1905)
2. Expedition to Oregon (1914)
3. Overland to Oregon in the Tracks of Lewis and Clarke: History of the First Emigration to Oregon in 1843 (1904)
4. Ross Cox and His Adventures as a Fur Trader on the Columbia River in 1812 (1911)
5. Adventures on the Columbia River, Volume I (1831) (Linked Table of Contents)
6. Adventures on the Columbia River, Volume II (1831) (Linked Table of Contents)
7. Ka-mi-akin, the Last Hero of the Yakimas (1917)
8. The Canoe and the Saddle: Adventures Among the Northwestern Rivers and Forests (1871) (Linked Contents)
9. The New Found Journal of Charles Floyd: A Sergeant Under Captains Lewis and Clark (1894)
10. The Story of Marcus Whitman: Early Protestant Missions in the Northwest (1895) (Active Table of Contents)
which are beyond our comprehension. This young man and his new wife headed to Oregon from Indiana in search of a place to call home. This narrative details the dangers and hardships they faced on the trail and in locating a tract of land to stake their claim. The young man E. Meeker narrates his adventures over his life time in a very compelling book.
Recommended for all who values our America saga
The vivid pictures that are painted of this almost forgotten time have motivated me to seek out other writing about this period.
I save the 5 star rating for books I enjoy so much that I will probably re-read them (and those that I could not put down). Although the story was a good one, I did put it down without problems a few times and I will not re-read it.
Definitely not a waste of time to read and I do recommend it, especially for history buffs.
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