A Route for the Overland Stage James H. Simpson's 1859 Trail Across the Great Basin
Place Published: Logan, UT
Publisher: Utah State University Press
Date Published: 2008
Edition: First Edition
Book Id: 14046
248 pp. 28 cm. Pale blue and tan pictorial wraps. Foreword by David L. Bigler.
From back cover: "The 1859 exploration of the Great Basin by army topographical enginner James Simpson opened up one of the West's most important transporation and communication corridors, a vital link between the Pacific Coast and the rest of the nation. It became the route of the Pony Express and the Overland Mail and Stage, the line of the Pacific telegraph, a major wagon road for freighters and emigrants, and, eventually, the first transcontinental auto road, the Lincoln Highway, later Highway 50. "Despite its importance, no one until now has accurately tracked or mapped Simpson's original route. Jesse Petersen shows us -- in words, maps, and photos -- exactly where the explorer and his party went. Sharing his detective work and historical reconstruction as he walked or drove the entire trails, which varied on Simpson's way west and return east, Petersen takes readers along on a mountain and desert trek through on eof America's most remote and striking landscapes."