Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1956. First Edition. Large 8vo. 364 pp. Index. Bibliography. Illustrations. Near fine (gift inscription to descendent of one of the Pioneers mentioned in the book) in near fine dustjacket (price-clipped; minor wear to extremities). Item #20068
Joseph R. Walker[a] (1798 — 1876) was a mountain man and experienced scout. He established the segment of the California Trail, the primary route for the emigrants to the gold fields during the California gold rush, from Fort Hall, Idaho to the Truckee River. The Walker River and Walker Lake in Nevada were named for him by John C. Frémont. In this account is "... a superb chapter in the history of the West: the arly Apache wars in New Meico and Arizona; the circumstances of Mangas Colorado's death; the movement of emigrant trains to California; early settlement and mining operations in Arizona; and countless episodes of action and violence that make many nineteenth-century fictional accounts pale by comparison>"