By William Audley Maxwell
First, I should note this....it's a free book off Kindle.
It's a pleasant read at roughly a hundred pages. It's edited and written in a four-star fashion. It's rich in details, which would provoke interest in the reader of the era and the people who made the cross-country trip.
So, the factual story? Well....it lays out this effort in 1857 of a wagon train that left Missouri, for Oregon. Things go as well as you might expect. There are some tragic elements, and a fairly difficult moment toward the last thirty pages of the book.
I would suggest....if you ever had a curious idea of what'd it take to cross the open plains, and why these people are a bit bolder on the west coast.....you might want to pick up this book and examine the requirements of transiting across the nation...on foot or on a wagon. I'd take a humble guess that less than one percent of the nation today....would be willing to take such a trip....if they knew of the potential threats along the way.
For a student of history, or curious notion of the old west.....pick up the book and enjoy the ride.