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The 1859 exploration of the Great Basin by army topographical engineer James Simpson opened up one of the West's most important transportation and communication corridors, a vital link between the Pacific Coast and the rest of the nation. It became the route of the Pony Express and the Overland Mail and Stage, the line of the Pacific telegraph, a major wagon road for freighters and emigrants, and, later, the first transcontinental auto road, the Lincoln Highway, now Highway 50.

No one has accurately tracked or mapped Simpson's original route, until now. Jesse Petersen shows in words, maps, and photos exactly where the explorer went. Sharing his detective-like reasoning as he walked or drove the entire trail west and Simpson's variant route returning east, Petersen takes readers on a mountain and desert trek through some of America's most remote and striking landscapes.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. 2. The Journey Begins: Camp Floyd to Faust Creek
  2. pp. 8-17
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  1. 3. Faust Creek to Pleasant Valley
  2. pp. 18-37
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  1. 4. Pleasant Valley to Roberts Creek
  2. pp. 38-63
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  1. 5. Roberts Creek to Middlegate
  2. pp. 64-92
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  1. 6. Middlegate to Genoa
  2. pp. 93-119
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  1. 7. Genoa to Smith Creek Valley
  2. pp. 120-141
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  1. 8. Smith Creek Valley to Steptoe Valley
  2. pp. 142-163
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  1. 9. Steptoe Valley to Swasey Mountain
  2. pp. 164-186
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  1. 10. Swasey Mountain to Triple Peaks
  2. pp. 187-197
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  1. 11. Triple Peaks to Camp Floyd
  2. pp. 198-216
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  1. 12. After the Return
  2. pp. 217-223
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  1. Appendix: Geographic Coordinates
  2. pp. 224-230
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 231-236
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 237-239
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 240-248
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780874216943
Related ISBN
9780874216936
MARC Record
OCLC
476175541
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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