By Isabella L. Bird
In 1872, Isabella fowl, daughter of a priest, trigger on my own to the Antipodes 'in seek of future health' and located she had launched into a lifetime of adventurous trip. In 1873, donning Hawaiian using costume, she rode her horse during the American Wild West, a terrain merely newly opened to pioneer cost. The letters that make up this quantity have been first released in 1879. They inform of remarkable, unspoiled landscapes and plentiful flora and fauna, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the risky passions of the miners and pioneer settlers. A vintage account of a really stunning trip.
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Boulder Canyon 22. M'Ginn's Gulch, or Muggins Gulch 23. Namaqua, southwest of present-day Loveland 24. St. Louis, south of present-day Loveland Page xxiii Page 3 Letter I Lake TahoeMorning in San FranciscoDustA Pacific Mail-TrainDigger IndiansCape HornA Mountain HotelA PioneerA Truckee Livery StableA Mountain StreamFinding a BearTahoe. Lake Tahoe, September 2. I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all one's life and sigh. Not lovable, like the Sandwich Islands, but beautiful in its own way!
24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Page v To My Sister, to whom these letters were originally written, they are now affectionately dedicated. Page vii Contents Introduction, by Daniel J. Boorstin page xiii Letter I Lake TahoeMorning in San FranciscoDustA Pacific mail-trainDigger IndiansCape HornA mountain hotelA pioneerA Truckee livery stableA mountain streamFinding a bearTahoe 3 Letter II A lady's "get-up"Grizzly bearsThe "Gem of the Sierras"A tragic taleA carnival of color 17 Letter III A Temple of MorpheusUtahA "God-forgotten" townA distressed coupleDog villagesA temperance colonyA Colorado innThe bug pestFort Collins 23 Letter IV A plague of fliesA melancholy charioteerThe Foot HillsA mountain boarding-houseA dull life"Being agreeable"Climate of ColoradoSoroche and snakes 36 Letter V A dateless day"Those hands of yours"A PuritanPersevering shiftlessnessThe house-motherFamily worshipA grim SundayA "thick-skulled Englishman"A morning callAnother atmosphereThe Great Lone Land''Ill found"A log campBad footing for horsesAccidentsDisappointment 44 Page viii Letter VI A bronco mareAn accidentWonderlandA sad storyThe children of the TerritoriesHard greedHalcyon hoursSmartnessOld-fashioned prejudicesThe Chicago colonyGood luckThree notes of admirationA good horseThe St.
DANIEL J. BOORSTIN Page xxii Key 1. Chalmers's 2. Nugent cabin 3. Evans's 4. Ranch, Great Platte Canyon 5. Ranch, Plum Creek 6. Perry's Park, or Perry Park 7. Arkansas Divide, now Black Forest Divide or Palmer Lake Divide 8. S. Air Force Academy 9. Glen Eyrie 10. Colorado City, now West Colorado Springs or "Old Town" 11. Garden of the Gods 12. Bergens Park, now Manitou Park 13. Hayden's Divide, now Divide 14. Twin Rocks 15. Colonel Kittridge's 16. Link's 17. Breckenridge Pass, now Boreas Pass 18.