Trials of the Trail

by J.R. Mitchell June 28, 1844 James W. Nesmith intended to be part of the 100 person wagon train that embarked in 1842, but arrived in Independence, Missouri after the company had left. Nesmith spent the next year working as a carpenter building Fort Scott, and was ready to set out on the trail in…

The California Gold Rush and Life of the 49ers

August 22, 1850 The days have been hot and humid since I have arrived for my six month stay in the center of the Sierra Nevada Goldfields. Hard work and luck are a lot of what you see here in California. About four months ago now, I arrived in California with my notebook to tell…

The Journey of Lewis and Clark and the Future of the West

October 9th, 1806 Two weeks ago, I got the most recent glimpse into the future and got to meet with the two men responsible for the newest amazing journey and discovery of the West. Ever since Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark have been on a…