Into the Western Winds Pioneer Boys Traveling the Overland Trails by Mary Barmeyer O'Brien
Driven by the promise of prosperity, thousands of men and women traveled west in the mid-1800s. Accompanying them were their children, wide-eyed and excited about the adventures that awaited as they headed into the western winds. Little did they know how treacherous and grueling the trip would be.
The perils of overland travel forced parents to depend on their children for survival. Boys were called upon to help drive the wagons, herd the oxen and horses, assist with wagon repairs, and guard the camp at night. Even with the endless chores, many pioneer boys found time to record the details of their journeys. Their tales are full of adventure as they share what it was like to cross wild rivers, trudge over parched desert, and climb up steep mountain passes. Laments for lost family and friends, meetings with Native Americans, and new friendships made along the way complete their personal stories.
Paperback, c2003, 107 p. : ill. ; 15 cm. Includes Bibliographical references (p. 95-99) and index. $9.95
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