The Resource The Oregon Trail : a new American journey, Rinker Buck

The Oregon Trail : a new American journey, Rinker Buck

Label
The Oregon Trail : a new American journey
Title
The Oregon Trail
Title remainder
a new American journey
Statement of responsibility
Rinker Buck
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Spanning 2,000 miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. In the fifteen years before the Civil War, when 400,000 pioneers used it to emigrate West, the trail united the coasts, doubled the size of the country, and laid the groundwork for the railroads. The trail years also solidified the American character: our plucky determination in the face of adversity, our impetuous cycle of financial bubbles and busts, the fractious clash of ethnic populations competing for the same jobs and space. At once an American journey, a work of history, and a personal saga, this book tells the story of Buck's 2,000-mile expedition across the plains. He was accompanied by three cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother, Nick, and an "incurably filthy" Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl. Along the way, Buck dodges thunderstorms in Nebraska, chases his runaway mules across miles of Wyoming plains, scouts more than five hundred miles of nearly vanished trail on foot, crosses the Rockies, makes desperate fifty-mile forced marches for water, and repairs so many broken wheels and axels that he nearly reinvents the art of wagon travel itself. Apart from charting his own geographical and emotional adventure, Buck introduces readers to the evangelists, shysters, natives, trailblazers, and everyday dreamers who were among the first of the pioneers to make the journey west. -- Publisher description
Title
The Oregon Trail
Creator
Summary
Road trip, old-school style! Though the Oregon Trail fell out of favor with travelers after the transcontinental railroad was finished in 1869, it's still possible to travel the trail from Missouri to Oregon (though some parts are now paved roads). Over 100 years after the last known crossing, journalist Rinker Buck, his brother, and his brother's Jack Russell terrier set out in a covered wagon pulled by mules. Along with riveting details about their four-month, 2,000-mile trip (Terrible thunderstorms! Broken wagon wheels! Helpful strangers!), Buck describes the rich history of the trail and the pioneers who made the journey before him. Funny and touching, this book should especially please those interested in American history. -- Description by Dawn Towery
Subject
Genre
Tone
Writing style
Award
PEN New England Award for Nonfiction, 2016.
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10433167
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
978
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F597
LC item number
.B89 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
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Rinker Buck
Label
The Oregon Trail : a new American journey, Rinker Buck
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 418-429) and index
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn894746614
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
450 pages
Isbn
9781451659160
Lccn
2015001159
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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System control number
  • (OCoLC)894746614
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