Originally published in 1930, this book is still in print. Duffus pens a very readable history of the Trail from the days of the Spaniards, early missionaries, prospectors, Indian traders, and the great covered wagon trade caravans, and the coming of the railroads.
A man of many talents who was a trader on the Santa Fe Trail during the 1830s. Written in 1844, this book offers a rare account of someone who actually worked on the Trail and could comment on the wagons, draft animals, people, Native Americans, Santa Fe, local customs, and much more.
Hyslop's book is a highly-respected modern work on the history of the Trail, beginning with accounts of western travelers and explorers prior to the start of the Santa Fe Trail. He then explores the traders and their lives on the Trail. He finishes with a discussion of how the Mexican-American War, 1846-1848, impacted the Trail.
18-year-old Susan Magoffin accompanied her husband Samuel Magoffin on his annual trading trip to New Mexico. Ms. Magoffin was well educated and possessed an irrepressible curiosity. She kept a diary starting with day 1 of the trip and recorded valuable first-hand observations of the caravan, the country, flora and fauna, Native Americans, New Mexicans, food, drink, and local customs. Her diary remains a valuable research document today.
Marian first traveled the Trail as a young girl with her mother and brother. Her memoir, recorded many years later, covers her life in New Mexico, her education, the famous people she met, and her life with the love of her life, the dashing Richard Russell. Together they traveled the trail, were merchants, and ranchers in Stonewall, Colorado
This book is a beautiful collections of illustrations celebrating the Santa Fe Trail.