The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life
The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life (also published as The California & Oregon Trail) is a book written by Francis Parkman. It was originally serialized in twenty-one installments in Knickerbocker's Magazine (1847–49) and subsequently published as a book in 1849.
The book is a breezy, first-person account of a 2-month summer tour in 1846 of the U.S. states of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas. Parkman was 23 at the time. The heart of the book covers the three weeks Parkman spent hunting buffalo with a band of Oglala Sioux. The book was reviewed favorably by Herman Melville, although he complains that it demeaned American Indians and that its title was misleading (the book covers only the first third of the trail).
- The Oregon Trail, HTML, including artwork from 3 different editions/artists.
- The Oregon Trail, scanned books original editions color illustrated.
- Notable editions from Internet Archive:
- The Oregon Trail of Francis Parkman, Ginn and Company, 1910. Lengthy introduction, bibliography and footnotes by William Ellery Leonard with assistance by Frederick Jackson Turner.
- The Oregon Trail; Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life, Chicago: Scott, Foresman, 1911. Includes introduction by American historian William Macdonald