In the spring of 1844, eleven covered wagons headed west from Council Bluffs, Iowa. Some fifty men, women, and children, along with their oxen and herd of nearly a hundred cattle, made up the caravan. Slowly but steadily it plodded toward California.
Traveling with this group of pioneers was a spirited seventeen-year-old boy named Mose Schallengerger, who kept a journal of the trip. From Mose's notes, author George Stewart has drawn fascinating firsthand information about the events of that journey, from encounters with Indians and buffalo to near-starvation and disaster. Here is the story of these brave pioneers, the first to reach California by covered wagon.
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