Antique Prairie Rocky Mountains Buffalo Hunting Western States Pioneers Indians For SalePRAIRIE AND ROCKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES Or Life In the West. To which Will Be Added A View of the States and Territorial Regions of Our Western Empire: Embracing History, Statistics and Geography, And Descriptions of the Chief Cities of the West. By John C. Van Tramp. Published in 1870 Segner & Condit, Columbus, Ohio. 9” x 6” full leather binding, with spine labels. Decorated endpapers. Illustrated with engraved plates. 775 pages.
Condition: Good antique condition. Handsome leather binding is in good condition as shown in photos. Spine labels are present and undamaged. Text is clean and complete with minor foxing/toning. There’s a library card pocket from Arcanum, Ohio inside the back cover but this is the only library marking on the whole book. Title page is loose but neatly laid in. No torn or missing pages. Great example of this rare 143-year old chronicle of western life.
This is a large, heavy volume of history and lore culled from America’s western states and territories in the mid-19th century. Seven hundred and seventy-five pages thick, it chronicles the white man’s westward migration and the multitude of challenges he faced.
PRAIRIE AND ROCKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES tells the story of how the great open wilderness was conquered and how the spoils of victory – sprawling tracts of mountains, plains and prairies – were parceled off to land companies and eager homesteaders. In words, you will witness the defeat and downfall of the American Indian, a doomed but heroic figure who did not go quietly into history but who battled fiercely for his way of life and was not reluctant to put settlers to death in his fight for survival.
You will read how lands were cleared, rivers were harnessed and the seeds of civilization planted. The book takes you through each western state and territory as of the late 1860s and gives colorful, informative descriptions about their history and stage of development. In addition to the hardships of emigration, you will also read of its rewards in terms of the gold, fur and other natural resources waiting to be exploited by enterprising souls from the East.
The book also makes much of the unparalleled hunting that could be found west of the Mississippi – buffalo, bear, elk and more. Animals that put meat on the pioneers’ tables and warm clothing on their backs.
This book also features a number of antique engravings depicting scenes of frontier life, especially hunting by white men and their Indian rivals.
In order to give you the most accurate description of this rare 143-year-old book, I have provided some helpful details below, starting with a thorough accounting of the book’s contents, followed by a summary of the illustrations you’ll find here. Further down this page you can even see some of these historic images for yourself.
All of this is to help you make an informed decision when offerding. I hope you’ll take a few moments to have a look.
CHAPTER ONE – HISTORICAL SKETCH: Discovery of the Mississippi, 1541 * Spanish possessions in North America * French possessions * Missions established * La Salle’s explorations, 1682 * Jesuit College at Kaskaskia, 1721 * Detroit founded, 1701, by the French * French military posts * The Ohio explored, 1721 * Laramie’s Creek, the first English settlement in the West, 1749 * French War * English possess the country east of the Mississippi, 1763 * Louisiana settlements * Mississippi Company, 1718 * Emigration * New Orleans founded * Louisiana ceded to Spain * Settlement of Kentucky * Navigation of the Mississippi * Western lands ceded * Ohio settled * Indian Wars * Tennessee settled * Spain cedes to United States the right of navigation of the Mississippi, 1795 * Louisiana ceded to France, 1800 * Ceded by France to the United States, 1803 * Territories organized * States admitted
CHAPTER TWO – PERILS OF THE EARLY SETTLERS: French heroism * Indian depredations * Incidents of Frontier Life
CHAPTER THREE – EARLY HISTORY OF OHIO: Settlement at Marietta * Character of the Early Settlers * The Miami Country * French settlement of Gallipolis * Other settlements * Adventures * Voyaging * Wild scenery
CHAPTER FOUR – PIONEERS OF TENNESSEE: Settlements on the Holsten * Attacks of the Indians * Military Expeditions * Treaties * Incidents
CHAPTER FIVE – INDIAN ANTIQUITIES: Mounds of Mississippi * Explorations * Mounds of Illinois
CHAPTER SIX – THE MISSISSIPPI: Schoolcraft’s discovery of its source * Lake Pepin * The Maiden’s Rock, a Legend * St Peters * Falls of St Anthony * Brown’s Falls * Scenery of the Mississippi * Squatter life * Commerce of the river * Navigation, floods, floating timber, abcxs snags, sawyers * Keelboats, flatboats, rafts * Characteristics of the boatmen * Incidents * Robber bands * Earthquakes * First steamboat * Floating palaces * Cosmopolitanism of the passengers
CHAPTER SEVEN – MISSOURI: Early history * Settled by the French * St Louis founded, 1764 * Attacked by the British and Indians, 1778 * Cession of the Territory * Rapid increase * Natural resources * Mineral wealth * Lead mines * Iron Mountain * Soil and productions
CHAPTER EIGHT – WESTERN SCENERY: Forests * Prairie Landscape, its verdure, flowers, picturesque groves * Prairie on fire * Winter scene * Oak openings * Rolling prairie * Table lands * Flint knobs * Salt Plains * Perpendicular Rocks * Region of the buffalo * Salt Licks * Habits of the bison * Hunting * Indian method * Hunting wild horses * The prairie dog * Indian village
CHAPTER NINE – DISCOVERY OF THE COLUMBIA: The Oregon Region: Discovery of the Columbia * Government expedition * Astoria and the fur trade * Fur bearing animals * The Pacific Fur Company, its history * Fate of the settlement * Missionaries’ journey to Oregon * Description of the route * Doherty’s description * Sufferings and perils * Incidents * Natural curiosities * Great Soda Fountain * Deserts * Travels in Oregon * Otter hunting * Elk hunting * Personal adventures
CHAPTER TEN – THE AMERICAN DESERT: A journey * Kit Carson * A caravan * Equipments * Incidents of travel * Lost in the desert * The great Jornada * Sterile region * Hostile Indians * A tragedy * The Archilette * Crossing rivers * The Wahsatch Mountains * Camping in the snow * Scene of a massacre * Taos * Santa Fe * Travels in New Mexico
CHAPTER ELEVEN – PRAIRIE HUNTING: The buffalo * The elk, or wapiti * Methods of hunting deer * The panther * The lynx * The black bear * The grizzly bear * The badger * The wolf * Hunting adventures of John Palliser * A hunter’s dog
CHAPTER TWELVE – RED RIVER OF THE NORTH: The Earl of Selkirk’s colony * The rival fur companies * Sufferings of the settlers * The plain hunters
CHAPTER THIRTEEN – CALIFORNIA AND THE MINES: Gold discovered * Emigration * General description of California * The gold region
CHAPTER FOURTEEN – REGION BETWEEN MISSOURI AND CALIFORNIA: Kansas Territory * Western Kansas * Rocky Mountain region * Valley of the Upper Colorado * Utah Territory * Sierra Nevada * Mountain passes * Advantages of this route for a Pacific Railroad
CHAPTER FIFTEEN – THE MORMONS: Joe Smith * Discovery of the Golden Book * The New Revelation * Real origin of the Mormon Bible * Church organized * Emigrate to Ohio * Remove to Jackson County, Missouri * Smith tarred and feathered * The Mormons remove to Clay County * Troubles with the Missourians * Driven by a mob across the Mississippi * Their sufferings * They establish themselves in Illinois * Build the city of Nauvoo * The Temple * Nauvoo Legion * Internal troubles * Civil War * Joe Smith killed by a mob * Brigham Young appointed head of the church * Mobs * Another Mormon exodus to the Missouri * Description of the Dedication of the Temple at Nauvoo * The Tabernacle camps in the wilderness * Arrive at the Great Salt Lake, 1847 * Government established * The country described
CHAPTER SIXTEEN – PRAIRIE AND MOUNTAIN REGIONS EXPLORED: Expedition of Fremont * The route * Adventures on the prairies * Kit Carson * Hunting buffalo * Indian village * St Vrain’s fort * Dry deserts * Fort Laramie * Hostile Indians * Council * An alarm * Independence Rock * The South Pass * Mountain Lakes * Ascent of the mountains * Perils * The Flag unfolded on the summit * The descent * The Caverns * Perilous navigation * Homeward adventures
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN – JOURNEY FROM MISSOURI TO OREGON: Preparations * The Start * The Route * Incidents * Appearance of the country * Boiling Springs * Bear River * The Indians * Great Salt Lake * The Three Buttes * Fort Hall * Snake River * The Columbia * Arrival at Fort Vancouver * Reception
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN – THE PACIFIC REGION EXPLORED: The Tlamath Lake * Indian villages * Great Basin * Hot Springs * Adventures * A Council * Deep snows * Perilous passage of the mountains * Suffering from cold and hunger * Reach the valley of the Sacramento * Relief * Captain Sutter
CHAPTER ONE ~ KENTUCKY: Boundaries * Position and Area * Climate * Face of the Coun try * Soil and Productions * Manufactures * Religious Denominations Public Charities * Reformatory Institutions * History * Internal Improvements * Population of State * Counties, their Population and County Towns * Cities and Towns * Louisville, Lexington * Education * Government Finances, etc. * Curiosities and Attractions * Rivers * Geology * Minerals
CHAPTER TWO ~ TENNESSEE: Boundaries and Area * Face of the Country * Rivers * Objects of Interest * Counties, Population and County Towns * Education * Climate, Soil and Productions, with Agricultural Statistics * Manufactures * Total Population and Total Vote Cast for President in 1860 * Forest Trees * Animals * Commerce * History * Cities and Towns * Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Columbia, Murfreesboro * Government * State Bonds Minerals * The Memphis and Charleston Railroad
CHAPTER THREE ~ INDIANA: Boundaries, Position and Area * Face of the Country * Minerals Rivers, Lakes, etc. * Climate, Soil and Productions * Curiosities and Attractions * Forest Trees * Population of State * Manufactures * Internal Improvements * Commerce * Education * Government Finances, etc. * Religious Denominations * Counties, their Population, and County Towns * Cities and Towns * Indianapolis, Madison, New Albany, Fort Wayne, Lafayette History
CHAPTER FOUR ~ ILLINOIS: Origin of the Name * Boundaries, Position and Area of Illinois * Face of the Country * Rivers and Lakes * Minerals * Curiosities and Attractions * Climate, Soil and Productions * Forest Trees * Manufactures * Internal Improvements * Commerce * Education * Religious Denominations * Periodicals * State Institutions * Counties, their Population and County Towns Population of State * Cities and Towns * Government * History * Chicago
CHAPTER FIVE ~ MISSOURI: Boundaries, Position and Area * Rivers * The Missouri and its Branches * Affluents of the Mississippi * Geology * Minerals and Coal Counties, Population and County Towns * Forest and Fruit Trees * Agricultural Statistics * Aggregate Population and Total Vote for President in 1860 and 1864 * History —Cities and Towns * Jefferson City, St. Louis, Hannibal, Lexington, St. Joseph, Weston, Independence, St. Charles * Kansas City * Finances * The New Constitution * Education * Objects of Interest Climate * Consolidation of Railroad Debt * Pacific Railroad of Missouri Southern Pacific Railroad * The Missouri Lead Mines
CHAPTER SIX ~ ARKANSAS: Area, General Description and Boundaries * Face of the Country Minerals * Rivers * Lakes, etc. * Objects of Interest * Climate, Soil and Productions * Agricultural Statistics * Manufactures * Aggregate Population and Total Vote for President in 1860, and for State Auditor in 1866 * Forest Trees, Animals * Counties, Population, and County Towns * Revision of State Constitution * History * Cities and Towns * Little Rock, Van Buren, Camden, Batesville, Fort Smith
CHAPTER SEVEN ~ MICHIGAN: Position, Boundaries, Area, and General Description * Geology The Lake Superior Region: Its Area; Navigation of the Lake, Phenomena and Mirage of the Lake; Its Islands and Coast; Pictured Rocks, Rivers, Minerals; Iron Regions, Copper Region, Mining and Climate, Soil and Productions * General Description of Lake Huron * Lake St. Clair * The Rivers, Climate, and Forest Trees of Michigan * The Animals * The State Government * History of Michigan * Its Counties, their Population and County Towns * Finances and Agricultural Statistics * Lumber Trade and Mining Products Cities and Towns * Lansing, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Adrian, Ann Arbor, Detioit, Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Ypsilanti
CHAPTER EIGHT ~ TEXAS: Boundaries, Position, and Area of Texas * Face of the Country * Geology and Minerals * Rivers, Bays, and Sounds * Objects of Interest * Climate, Soil, and Productions * Animals * Commerce * Government * History * Cities and Towns * Galveston, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Brownsville, Fort Alamo * Counties, Population, and County Towns * Aggregate Population, and Total Vote for President in 1860, and for Governor in 1866 * State Debt Education * Agricultural Statistics * Manufactures * Railroads
CHAPTER NINE ~ IOWA: Boundaries, Position, and Area * Face of the Country * Geology and Minerals * Rivers * Objects of Interest * Climate, Soil, and Productions Forest Trees * Counties, their Population and County Towns * Results of the State's Census in 1865 * Education * Finances * History * Government Cities and Towns * Iowa City, Burlington, Dubuque, Davenport, Keokuk, Muscatine, Council Bluffs, Desmoines * The Lead Region
CHAPTER TEN ~ WISCONSIN: Boundaries, Position, and Area * Face of the Country * Geology and Minerals * Lakes and Rivers * Objects of Interest * Climate, Soil, Productions, and Statistics of Agriculture * Manufactures * Aggregate Population and Total Vote for President in 1860 and 1864 * Forest Trees * History * Remarkable Longevity * Counties, their Population and County Towns Finances and Taxation * Cities and Towns * Milwaukee, Racine, Madison, Kenosha * General Description of Lake Michigan * Improvements of Fox and Wisconsin Rivers * Education
CHAPTER ELEVEN ~ CALIFORNIA: Boundaries, Position, and Extent of California * Face of the Country * Counties, with the Population and County Towns * Geology and Minerals * Gold Mining * The Quicksilver Mines * Copper Mines * The Gold Product * Bays, Rivers, Lakes, etc. * Objects of Interest * The Wonders of the Yosemite Valley * The Big Trees * Climate, Soil, Productions, and Statistics of Agriculture * Grape-growing and Wine-making * Forest Trees * Manufactures and Commerce * Aggregate Population in 1860 and 1865 * State Debt * Executive Government * History * Cities and Towns * San Francisco, Sacramento, Marysville, Monterey, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose * Eruption of Mount Hood * Education * Correctional Institutions
CHAPTER TWELVE ~ MINNESOTA: Boundaries, Position, and Area of Minnesota * Face of the Country * Geology Climate * Lakes and Rivers * Objects of Interest * Forest Trees and Animals * Soil, Productions, and Statistics of Agriculture * Manufactures an Commerce * Education * Counties, their Population and County Towns Aggregate Population and Total Vote for President in 1860 and 1864, and for Members of Congress in 1866 * Principal Cities and Towns * St. Paul, St. Anthony, etc. * Government * History * The Indian Massacre in 1862 Finances * Railroads * Geological Exploration * Fur Trade
CHAPTER THIRTEEN ~ OREGON: * Boundaries, Position, and Area of Oregon * Face of the Country, Mountains, etc. * Minerals * Rivers, Bays, and Lakes * Climate, Soil, Productions, and Statistics of Agriculture * Forest Trees and Animals * Manufactures and Commerce * Education * Aggregate Population in 1860 and 1865, and Total Vote for President in 1860 and 1864, and for Governor in 1866 * Government Finances * Neetmok Lands * The Counties, their Population and County Towns * Cities and Towns * Portland, Salem, Corvollis, Oregon City, Astoria, Dalles, etc. History * Navigation of the Columbia River * Earthquake at Fort Klamath
CHAPTER FOURTEEN ~ KANSAS: Boundaries, Position, and Area of Kansas * General View of the Face of the Country; the Climate, Soil, Productions, and Resources of Kansas * Zoology * History * Counties, their Population and County Towns * Agricultural Statistics * Manufactures * Finances * Education * Population by National Census in 1860, and by State Census of 1865 * Geology * Salt Region Soil and Climate * Wool * Growing * Railroads * Cities and Towns * Lawrence, Leavenworth, Lecompton, Atchison, Topeka, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Riley
CHAPTER FIFTEEN ~ NEVADA: Boundaries and Position * History * State Government * Judicial Districts * Counties and County Towns * Great Seal of State * Geological Survey of State and Mining School * Total Vote of President in 1864, and at the State Elections in 1864 and 1866 * Area of State, and State Lands Public Instruction * Volunteers and Militia * Finances * County Statistics The Silver Mines of Nevada * Discovery in Development of the Comstock Lode * The Great Yield and Future Promise * The Companies Operating on the Comstock * Cost of Mining * Interior of the Mines * Visit to Gould and Curry Mine * Reese River Mines * Production of Different Mining Centers Cities and Towns * Virginia City, Austin, Carson City, Aurora, etc. * Rivers
CHAPTER SIXTEEN ~ NEBRASKA: Position and Boundaries * The Counties, and the Vote in each in 1866 for and against the State Constitution * Result of the State and Territorial Elections in 1866 * Face of the Country * Objects of Interest Climate, Soil, and Timber * Animals * History * Movements for making Nebraska a State * Vetoes of Bills * Final Passage of a Bill of Admission over the Veto * Cities and Towns * Omaha, Nebraska City, Fort Kearney, etc. * Minerals Miscellaneous
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN ~ NEW MEXICO: Position, Boundaries, and Area * Face of the Country * Min erals * Rivers * Objects of Interest * Climate, Soil, and Productions * Val ley of the Rio Grande * Irrigation * Stock-raising * Wine-making in New Mexico * Forest Trees * Cities and Towns * Santa Fe, etc. * Manufactures and Commerce * Population, and Total Vote in 1865 for Delegate to Congress * The Counties, with the Population of each in 1860, and the Total Vote in each in 1865 for Delegate * History
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN ~ UTAH: Position and Boundaries of Utah * General Description * The Wasatch Mountains * Minerals and Mining * Lakes and Rivers * The Great Salt Lake Objects of Interest * Climate, Soil, and Productions * Results of Irrigation Forest Trees * Manufactures * Commerce * Population in 1863 and 1865 Cities and Towns * Salt Lake City, Fillmore City, etc. * History, and Government, Civil and Ecclesiastical * Troubles between the Federal Government and the Mormon Leaders * Three Governments in Utah * Territorial Government * Desert State Government * The Mormon Church Organization.
CHAPTER NINETEEN ~ WASHINGTON: Position Boundaries, and Area of Washington * Face of the Country, and Mountains * AMinerals * Rivers, Bays, Sounds, and Islands * Objects of Interest * Climate, Soil, and Productions * The Region on Puget's Sound and its Lumber Trade * Forest Trees and Animals * Statistics of Agriculture Manufactures * Population * Counties, their Population, and County Towns * Towns * Olympia, etc. * The Coast, and Coast Trade
CHAPTER TWENTY ~ COLORADO: Position, Area, and General Description * Mining, Agricultural, and Manufacturing Advantages * The Pike's Peak Region * Its Gold Mines Climate, Curiosities, etc. * Tour through Colorado, descriptive of the Plains * Valley of the Platte, High Pines, the Gold Mines and Mining, Mining Towns, Necessity of Irrigation, etc. * Doherty’s Description * Counties and County Towns * Cities and Towns * Denver City, Golden City, Central City, Empire City, etc. * Military Posts * Rivers * Agriculture * Progress of the Mining Interest * Movement for the Admission of Colorado as a State: Vote on the Rejection of the First State Constitution, and on the Adoption of the Second; Provisions of the Latter; State Election; The President's Action; Passage of the Bill to Admit Colorado and the President's Veto; Passage of a Second Bill and the Veto
CHAPTER TWENTY ~ DAKOTA TERRITORY: Its Organization * Its two Sections and their Boundaries * General Description of its Position, Surface, Rivers, Climate, Resources and Prospects * Counties and County Towns * Territorial Government * The Church Butte * Remarkable Fossils * Towns and Settlements * Rivers * The Fort Kearney Massacre
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE ~ ARIZONA: Position, Boundaries, and Area * General Description * Territoria1 History * Organization of Territorial Government * Reception of the Gads den Purchase * Condition at and since the Purchase * San Antonio and San Diego Stage Line * Difficult Transport of Machinery for the Mines * Character of the Population * Neglect of the Government * Condition after the Breaking out of the Civil War * Thrilling Story of the Oatman Family The Massacre and Captivity * King Woolsey's Exploit * Bill Rhodes and the Apaches * The Pimo Indians * The Casas Grandas * The Tumacucuri Mission * The Rainy Season * Noted Mines * Rivers * The Lands, Capital, and Population * Agriculture
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO ~ IDAHO: Its Position and Extent * General Description * Boundaries * Origin of its Name * Population * Climate * Borse City * The Borse River Valley and its Products * Idaho City * Sunday in the Mining Region * Procedure of Mining Claims * Destruction, and Quick Rebuilding of Idaho City * Borse Basin * The Placer Mines and Mining * Product of the Idaho Mines Quartz Mining * The Owkyhee Mines * Who were met among the Miners Journey from Borse City to Salt Lake * General Observation in Idaho Mines * Counties, and the Vote in each at an Election in 1866 * Towns and Settlements * Borse City, Idaho City, Lewiston, Florence, Fort Hall, etc. Rivers * The Great Mineral Resources of Idaho
CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE ~ MONTANA: Boundaries, Position, and General Description * Counties and County Towns * Territorial Government * Notes on Montana Laws * Montana Mines and Mining * Alder Gulch * The "Last Chance" * General Appearance of the Country * Numerous Gold Mines Discovered * Richness of the Mines * The Silver and Copper Ores * Advantage of Plenty of Water Emigration to Montana * Navigation up the Missouri * Prices * in Montana Towns and Settlements * Virginia City, Galveston, Helena, Silver City, Bannock City, Fort Benton, etc. * Rivers
CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR ~ INDIAN TERRITORY: Boundaries and Position * Face of the Country * Rivers * Climate, Soil, and Productions * The Population, etc
CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE ~ THE RAILROAD
CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX ~ ALASKA, LATE RUSSIAN POSSESSIONS
THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND AMENDMENTS
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