The Magnificent Oregon Trail

Among the 16 books we offer here that concern the Oregon Trail, foremost for researchers are the direct transcriptions of six original diaries of pioneers who sought new homes and lives in the west. Editor Bert Webber did not change anything, but only inserts parenthetical clarifications where needed. To better see what the diarists were writing about, photographs of prime geological sites the pioneers mention have been added. Each diary is provided with a map, bibliography, index and some have genealogies. Three diaries by women, three by men. (The Beeson diary is especially interesting: written by a teenager getting ready for the trip, the trip itself, and then getting settled in Oregon. The "getting ready" is seldom found in overland diaries, thus making Beeson a unique and significant find.)


Book Cover Picture The Oregon Trail Diary of
Twin Sisters
Cecelia Adams & Parthenia Blank in 1852
The unabridged Diary with Introduction and Contemporary comments by Bert Webber
Twin sisters, with their husbands, set out to seek new lives in Oregon. In keeping their overland diary, the sisters took turns, at odd intervals, with the writing. Uniqueness of this diary is that it was written by twins and in our printing, every time the writer changes we announce the name of the writer and use a different type style. 86p. 5x8. Pictures $7.50Click to get order information

Book Cover Picture The Oregon Trail Diary of
James Akin in 1852
The unabridged Diary with Introduction and Contemporary comments by Bert Webber
Teenager James Akin, Jr, had his hands full with his diary project as he carried a man sized work load every day. His diary includes ancedotes of the Akin, Booth and Ingram families, all travelling together. The Uniqueness of this work is his clear writing and photos of Jack Ingram discovering his grandfather's name scratched on Independence Rock in Wyoming. Includes genealogies for Jame Akin, Robert A. Booth (a famous Methodist circuit rider,) James Ingram and James Richey as prepared by Anne Billeter, Ph.D. Photos. Map. 5x8 102 p.$7.50 Click to get order information

Book Cover Picture The Oregon & Applegate Trail Diary of Welborn Beeson in 1853
The unabridged Diary with Introduction and Contemporary comments by Bert Webber
With keen observation, this 16-year-old chronicled his family's trip from Illinois to Oregon. From Idaho, the family ventured onto the Applegate Trail through Nevada then quit the trail in southern Oregon near Ashland where Welborn farmed. The Uniqueness of this diary is that all three elements of a truly good diary are represented: 1) getting ready for the trip-the giant yard sale 2) the trip and its particulars 3) getting settled in Oregon. The inclusion of all three is Rare for overland diaries. Notable anecdotes include stories of John Beeson, the father, who became the Pacific Northwest's first civil-rights advocate, and was hustled out of town by his son in the face of tar-and-feathers because he proclaimed that Indians had a right to live. (See John Beeson's Plea for the Indians.) Beeson genealogy by Anne Billeter, Ph.D. Photos. Map. 5x8 80 p. $7.50 Click to get order information

Book Cover Picture The Oregon Trail Diary of
Mary Louise Black in 1865
The unabridged Diary with Introduction and Contemporary comments by Bert Webber
Mary Louise Black was a plucky woman of 30 who was determined to improve her life and that of her husband and family. Although she was sick most of the way she did her very best, without flinching, to meet the daily responsibilities (which included driving the team of horses.) Throughout it all she sang her favorite hymn. The Uniqueness of this diary: Mary's route includes a section of of the Overland Trail, then the Barlow Road around Mt. Hood, and finally the 300 mile trek to settle in southern Oregon. Genealogy added. Photos. Map. 5x8 87 p. $7.50 Click to get order information

Book Cover Picture The Oregon & California Trail Diary of Jane Gould in 1862
The unabridged Diary with Introduction and Contemporary comments by Bert Webber
The Gould family left Iowa (without any stated reason) for California by way of the Oregon Trail. Jane was obviously educated because of her crisp writing. The Gould diary is unique because she was a good observer, recording details about her surroundings, her concerns, and of an Indian massacre on the trail near today's American Falls, Idaho. To Jane goes the plaudits for her description of the constant dust: "The dust is even worse than Indians, storms, or winds, or mosquitoes, or even wood ticks. Dust...If I could just have a bath!" Photos. Map. 5x8 $7.50 Click to get order information

Book Cover Picture The Oregon Trail Diary of
E. Evans Parrish in 1844
The unabridged Diary with Introduction and Contemporary comments by Bert Webber
Parrish, 53, was an ordained minister of the Methodist-Episcopal Church, but he was so busy on the trail and so busy with farming once in Oregon that he did not often practice his calling. He had his hands full on the trail with 12 children. He took several breaks along the way; One of his layovers was at the Whitman Mission. Uniqueness: This 1844 diary is one of the earliest, thus providing insights of the trail not to be seen by later emigrants. Photos. Map. 5x8 92 p. $7.50 Click to get order information

Index Cover Picture Comprehensive Index to
Oregon Trail Diaries
For the Benefit of Geneaologists and Scholars

Bert Webber, MLS
Every name in the six diaries: Adams, Akin, Beeson, Black, Gould, Parrish are included here. Photos of historic places mentioned by the diarists and still present for today's travellers to view from the car. Map of variant trails. 5x8 $7.50 Click to get order information

Gift Package Diary Gift Pack
Includes All Six Oregon Trail Diaries!
Recommended in Sunset Magazine.Over 600 pages combined with a color wall map of Oregon and other trails. Perfect for the collector, or as a starter kit for students!5x8 $48.95 Click to get order information

Book Cover Picture Fort Laramie: Outpost on the Plains
On the Oregon Trail - Indian Skirmishes - Rare Postmarks
Bert and Margie Webber
A major stopping place along the Oregon Trail for emigrants. An Outpost of Army with troops to protect pioneers. Also, a meeting place for whites to negotiate treaties with Indians. Featured the first Post office in Wyoming and is a National Historic Site of the National Park Service. Visitors can get caught up with the mood of the period while walking around the fort; listen to stories by Park Service guides. 68p. 8x11. 112 historical and new photos. Maps. Rare postmarks. Biblio. Index. $12.95 Click to get order information

Book Cover Picture A Woman's Diary on the 
Barlow Road 
Nancy Wilson, Curator, McLoughlin House - National Historic Site, Oregon City 
Most women went to Oregon in tight-lipped protest. They packed, waved good-bye to their friends and family, and left as proper wives did, following their husband's wishes. The Barlow Road, more dangerous than most routes, skirted Mount Hood on its south side and was the final link for wagons directly into Oregon City from The Dalles on the Columbia River. Women exhibited their stamina here, often driving the wagons. Maps. Biblio. Index. 34 photographs. 86 pages. 5x8. pbk. Large type for visually handicapped.$9.95  Click to get order information 
Book Cover Picture Dr. John McLoughlin
Master of Fort Vancouver, Father of Oregon
Nancy Wilson
Bert Webber, editor
Wilson, Curator of McLoughlin House National Historic Site, Oregon City has studied McLoughlin for over 40 years - obviously the person to write a revealing work that includes much detail never earlier in print! The intrigue of this man who shepherded sick and desperate Oregon Trail pioneers against orders from Hudson's Bay Co., his duties, operations; treatment of Indians, whites, in fine, readable narrative. He founded Oregon City, became American citizen. Tour of McLoughlin House in pictures never before published. Only complete McLoughlin genealogy published, prepared by Anne Billeter, Ph.D., President of Oregon Library Assn. 5x8. Photos, maps, Append. Biblio, Index. $12.95 Click to get order information
Book Cover Picture The Oregon Trail
Memorial Half-Dollar (1926-1939)
Bert Webber
This is the story of the most exquisite commemorative coin ever minted in the United States. It memorializes the masses of people who traveled the trail to settle the west. The 13-year production is the longest production of all other U.S. commemorative coins, but legislative SNAFU required an Act of Congress to stop minting them! Maps, photographs, Notes and Bibliography. 54 pages. pbk. 5x8 $4.95 Click to get order information

Book Cover Picture Old Emigrant Trail
Story of Lost Trail to Oregon
(The Oregon Trail)

by Ezra Meeker (1830-1928)
Introduction and Photographs Added by Bert Webber
At age 76, Ezra Meeker observed the "Old Emigrant Trail" was being lost to "improvements": farmers, city builders, railroads, and irrigation ditches were destroying the trail he had traveled in 1852. He retraced the trail in a covered wagon in 1906 and again in 1910 to reclaim the trail for the people and wrote this book in 1915. An excellent overview of Meeker's preservation effort done at his own expense - he sold copies of his books and picture postcards to meet costs. Meeker wrote many books, and the complete list is here. 64p. 5x8. Map. Historic and new photos. Index.$7.50 Click to get order information

Book Cover Picture Ezra Meeker
Champion of the Oregon Trail
Bert & Margie Webber
There would be no Oregon Trail to enjoy today if Meeker, at 76, had not set out in 1906 to preserve it, thus starting a 22 year crusade to mark the trail over which he had travelled in 1852. To pay costs, he sold 5 cent picture postcards. Here are 98 rare Meeker pictures. This book also includes some of Meeker's own comments from his 1922 book, and the Webbers have included a special chapter "Hitting the trail in 1992." 103p. 5x8 Biblo, Index. $10.95 Click to get order information

Book Cover Picture Indians Along the Oregon Trail
The Tribes of Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho,
Oregon and Washington Identified

(Encyclopedic)
Bert Webber, MLS
Every tribe for which the Bureau of Indian Affairs has records in these states that the Oregon Trail crosses is listed with village locations, language groups, populations by tribes to 1989, and all "also-known-as" names. Indexed. Historical essays on some tribes. Major biblio. Major index. Here is the most recent encyclopedia on these Indians. An irreplaceable resource for historians and writers. 208p. 5x8 pbk. Expanded Edition $17.95 Click to get order information

Book Cover Picture Flagstaff Hill
on the National Historic Oregon Trail
James R. Evans
with Bert Webber
Pioneers first truly "saw" Oregon from bluff of Flagstaff Hill near Baker City. This book is the only one to include the complete history of exploration that led to the development of Oregon Trail. New Interpretative Center is on Flagstaff Hill - take Hwy 86 east of town. Includes amazing gold mining areas that dot this place. Historic and new photos. Tours in book include Hells Canyon, Sumpter Valley RR and historic Gold Dredge. 143p. 5x8. Biblio. Index. $12.95 Click to get order information

Book Cover Picture The Search For Oregon's Lost
Blue Bucket Mine
The Stephen Meek Wagon Train of 1845
Charles S. Hoffman
with Bert Webber
While westbound on the Oregon Trail in Oregon, Meek, with 800 people, tried to find shortcut to Willamette Valley to avoid the Blue Mountains. The party became lost in Central Oregon desert, no water (many died), but they accidentally discovered gold which was put in blue bucket but they forgot where they found the gold! Later searches failed to find site. A recent 3-year scientific expedition located and mapped each camp site and every inch of Meek trail for first time. 112p. 5x8. Photos galore. Maps. Biblio. Index. $12.95 Click to get order information

Book Cover Picture Oregon City (By Way of the Barlow Road)
At the End of the National Historic Oregon Trail
Bert and Margie Webber
Only book that includes the trail blazing of Joel Palmer and Sam Barlow that became Barlow Rd between The Dalles and Oregon City. The intrigue between the Methodist settlers and Hudson's Bay Co's Dr. John McLoughlin who founded Oregon City, he became American citizen and lived there. Importance of spectacular Willamette Falls and locks; ship building at Oregon City; early post offices; trolley cars; mint; Willamette Meteorite. 120p. 5x8. 96 photos. Maps. Append. Biblio. Index. $12.95 Click to get order information

Book Cover Picture Oregon Trail
Emigrant Massacre of 1862

and Port-Neuf Muzzle-Loaders Rendezvous
Massacre Rocks, Idaho

Bert Webber
Excerpts regarding the Indian massacre from diaries, newspaper accounts following an incident near today's city of American Falls, Idaho. The site is now a state park where local Mountain Men hold an annual rendezvous enjoyed and participated in by the public. 70p. 5x8. 30 photos and maps. Biblio. Index. $6.95 Click to get order information

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