Trails West

Women of the Old West

By Judith Alter

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Frontier women were not only homesteaders' wives, they were also teachers, lawyers, doctors, cowgirls, social reformers, and even outlaws.

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Westward Ho! Eleven Explorers of the West

By Charlotte Foltz Jones

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Biographies of: Robert Gray (1755-1806) -- George Vancouver (1757-1798) -- Alexander Mackenzie (1764-1820) -- John Colter (1774 or 1775-1813) -- Zebulon Montgomery Pike (1779-1813) -- Stephen Harriman Long (1784-1864) -- James Bridger (1804-1881) -- Jedediah Smith (1799-1831) -- Joseph Reddeford Walker (1798-1876) -- John C. Fremont (1813-1890) -- John Wesley Powell (1834-1902).

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West by Covered Wagon: Retracing the Pioneer Trails

By Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

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"A modern-day wagon train journey is interwoven with fascinating facts about the harsh realities of a wagon train passage across the prairie one hundred years ago."
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Wagon Train: A Family Goes West in 1865

By Courtni C. Wright

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"Wright details the experiences and hardships faced by Ginny, a young African American girl, and her family as they travel west from Virginia to California in 1865. Unwelcome on the big wagon trains departing from Independence, Missouri, Ginny's family must form its own group of newly freed friends and relatives. They endure snakebites, drought, broken wagon wheels, extreme temperatures, and treacherous mountains before finally reaching California. In keeping with the picture-book format, Wright includes no maps and mentions no famous landmarks, concentrating instead on a few episodes in the fictional journey."--Booklist

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Through the American West

By Valerie Bodden

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"A history of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's famed 1804-06 journey, detailing the challenges encountered, the individuals involved, the discoveries made, and how the expedition left its mark upon the world."
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Singing Our Way West: Songs and Stories from America's Westward Expansion

By Jerry Silverman

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Gathers songs about the Cumberland Gap, the Erie Canal, the Mississippi, the Alamo, the Gold Rush, and the Old Chisholm Trail.

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The Pony Express

By Laurel van der Linde

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"Surveys the history of the Pony express, from its creation at the time of the Gold Rush to its demise at the start of the Civil War. Includes profiles of famous riders. "
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Pioneer Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes

By David C. King

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"Join twelve-year-old Sam Butler and his nine-year-old sister, Liz, on the American frontier in 1843. Discover the hard work, fun, and adventure of their daily lives, and along the way learn how to play games, make toys and crafts, and perform everyday activities just like Liz and Sam. You can make your own homemade soda pop and cook up a batch of johnnycakes. Use clay to create your own pottery and design a string of African trade beads, or learn the Native American art of sandpainting. You can even make your own holiday decorations out of dough or pinecones--if you're not too busy playing tangram, a Chinese puzzle game, or a beanbag target game. Pioneer Days is filled with interesting bits of historical information and fun facts about growing up in days gone by. Discover how different--and how similar--life was for American kids in history."

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The Oregon Trail

By R. Conrad Stein

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Follows a group of families as they make their way west along the famous Oregon Trail.
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Mustangs and Wild Horses

By Gail B. Stewart

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Introduces the history, development, and physical features of wild horses and mustangs, often descended from those left behind by Western explorers.
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