By Brandon Marie Miller
In 1849 Luzena Wilson set out for California in a lined wagon along with her husband and little boys, hungry to affix the tide of gold seekers. Like hundreds of thousands of others, Luzena undertook the approximately 2,000 mile trip to an unknown land, the place she'd upward push from flood and hearth, a survivor of the wild frontier.
From months at the path to existence in a sod hut, western girls tailored to their new lives and located attractiveness within the rugged, usually risky panorama. They helped tame the Wild West as they farmed, ranched, saved retailers, based libraries and church buildings, staffed colleges, and received the precise to vote.
utilizing magazine entries and letters domestic, writer Brandon Marie Miller shall we the ladies converse for themselves in stories of braveness, enduring spirit, and event. Meet girls akin to homesteader Miriam Colt, entrepreneur Clara Brown, military spouse Frances Grummond, naturalist Martha Maxwell, missionary Narcissa Whitman, and political rabble-rouser Mary Lease.
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Keseberg built a lean-to against the Breen’s cabin. The Donners, who’d lagged behind due to a wagon accident, made it as far as Alder Creek, about seven miles from the lake cabins. They had no time to build a wooden shelter and would spend the winter in tents with brush and tree boughs for protection. Most of the remaining cattle were killed and buried in the snow. Margret Reed possessed no cattle, but she bartered for some by promising to give two cows for one when they finally reached California.
Smallpox, measles, and typhoid fever killed others; dysentery and chills and fever struck almost every traveler at some point. In June 1852 a woman observed, “All along the road up the Platte River was a grave yard; most any time of day you could see people burying their dead; some places five or six graves in a row…. ”15 Mothers turned to medicine chests filled with castor oil and camphor and drugs like belladonna and laudanum, an opium mixture. As a child in 1846, Lucy Henderson traveled west on the Oregon Trail with her family.
The Old Spanish Trail carried on to Los Angeles and the Gila River Trail to San Diego. Map of the overland trails. US History Images On any route, travel proved slow and monotonous as the wagon trains covered only 10 to 20 miles each day. One woman reported that most people in her party had lost track of the days of the week. “Still pressing onward,” she noted. ”9 Ahead, clouds of dust marked the trail of other wagon trains, while behind stretched more advancing parties, weaving their way along the routes abandoning civilization.