Follow the 1850 journey of two brothers who led an ox-drawn wagon across Missouri and the plains in search of riches on the Pacific coast. For another year-and-a-half, they continued to record their experiences of life in California in a daily diary, and in letters written home to their families in Illinois.
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What readers are saying ...
"This adventure is an epic story worth rediscovering 150 years later--two ordinary people who lived through one of the most thrilling events in the history of the United States ... and faithfully recorded it. ...A nugget of 19th century American History of interest to adults, students, historians, and trail enthusiasts."
--Debbie Stewart, Editor, The Trail Scout
"This compilation is rich in primary accounts about this fascinating era. The real "gold" obtained from James and David Lee's experiences is between the covers of this book. That "treasure" can be found in the pages of narratives describing their experiences during this extraordinary event ..."treasure" that is now being shared with us."
--John Mark Lambertson, Director/Archivist, Retired, National Frontier Trails Museum, Independence, Missouri
More than 50 letters supplement a two-year, daily diary.
Detailed maps, illustrations, and photographs
Scholarly annotated re: the overland experience
Bibliography, index, 350+pages