The Oregon Trail


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THE

OREGON TRAIL

SKETCHES

OF

PRAIRIE AND ROCKY-MOUNTAIN LIFE


BY

FRANCIS PARKMAN



COPYRIGHT AUTHOR'S EDITION.



TORONTO:

GEORGE N. MORANG & COMPANY, LIMITED.

1901

Entered according to Act of the Parliament of Canada, in the year nineteen hundred and one, by George N. Morang & Company, Limited, at the Department of Agriculture.

Toronto
Brown-Searle Printing Co.

TO

THE COMRADE OF A SUMMER

AND

THE FRIEND OF A LIFETIME,

Quincy Adams Shaw.

The "Oregon Trail" is the title under which this book first appeared. It was afterwards changed by the publisher, and is now restored to the form in which it originally stood in the Knickerbocker Magazine. As the early editions were printed in my absence, I did not correct the proofs, a process doubly necessary, since the book was written from dictation. The necessary corrections have been made in the present edition.

As of May 2018, the Wikisource transcription of this book is largely from an earlier edition; efforts to align the text with the Fourth Edition are page-by-page, and are ongoing. (Wikisource contributor note)

CONTENTS.

  1. CHAPTERPAGE
  2. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    ix
  3. I.
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    1
  4. II.
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    10
  5. III.
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    21
  6. IV.
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    25
  7. V.
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    37
  8. VI.
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    51
  9. VII.
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    65
  10. VIII.
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    80
  11. IX.
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    97
  12. X.
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    113
  13. XI.
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    137
  14. XII.
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    157
  15. XIII.
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    165
  16. XIV.
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    189
  17. XV.
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    212
  18. XVI.
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    237
  19. XVII.
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    247
  20. XVIII.
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    251
  21. XIX.
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    264
  22. XX.
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    280
  23. XXI.
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    301
  24. XXII.
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    309
  25. XXIII.
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    315
  26. XXIV.
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    327
  27. XXV.
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    337
  28. XXVI.
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    354
  29. XXVII.
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    372

Illustrations

  1. The Thunder Fighters Would Take Their Bows and Arrows
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    Frontispiece
  2. Fort Laramie and Its Inmates
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    facing page 97


This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.