The Wild West on Five Bits a Day

The Wild West on Five Bits a Day

  1. Joan Tapper
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  • ISBN 9780500288726
  • 20.00 x 13.50 cm
  • Paperback
  • 160pp
  • 97 Illustrations, 5 in colour
  • First published 2010
‘Tells you more about the Wild West than many books in the vast library on the topic’ – The Independent

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Plan your trip back to America's legendary frontier – in 1880!

From navigating the new railroads to avoiding calamity when you finally meet Calamity Jane, this entertaining (and seriously interesting) guide belongs in the holster of every discerning time-travelling tourist.

Forget what you've heard about mining accidents, dust storms and the murder rate: now is the time to visit – the railroads have just arrived, cattlemen are fencing in the range and the west won't stay wild for long.

Meet cowboys, Indians, cavalry officers and working girls with hearts of gold. Witness cattle drives in Fort Worth and gunfights in Tombstone; dance at an all-night fandango in Santa Fe. Explore the vast plains west of the Mississippi, the roaring geysers of Yellowstone and the giant redwoods of Yosemite Valley.

Drawing on contemporary newspapers and travel memoirs, Joan Tapper offers advice on the cleanest boarding houses and filthiest saloons, what to eat, what to wear, who to meet - and who to avoid - and how to get out of Dodge in a hurry if you fail to spot the difference.

Joan Tapper was the founding editor of National Geographic Traveler and is the author of The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the American Southwest, The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of California and Island Dreams: Caribbean. She lives in California.

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