Professor Keith Heyer Meldahl chronicles the massive westward migration that followed the 1849 Gold Rush. This fascinating look at the overland trek to California draws heavily on the diaries and letters of these western settlers as they encountered the challenging and magnificent American landscape. Meldahl reveals the unique historical geology and topography of the West and how it affected their arduous 2000-mile journey.
Keith Heyer Meldahl is professor of geology and oceanography at Mira Costa College.
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Added by Pamela Troy on February 20, 2008