The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five million
maverick longhorns and the brains, brawn and boldness to drive them
north to where the money was. Now, Ralph Compton brings this violent and magnificent time to life in an extraordinary epic series based on the history-making trail drives.
The Oregon Trail
Lou Spencer, Dill Summer, and their fourteen Texas cowboys briught a herd up to Independence, Missouri, and sold half to a wagon train heading West. Then the Texans hired on, leading the battling greenhorn pioneers across the Missouri River, across Nebraska Territory, and into the wilds past Forts Laramie and Bridger. With winter closing in, Spencer's men were running out of time to reach the wide-open land of Oregon. And with a fortune in gold hidden in one of the pilgrims' wooden wagons-and outlaws circling like wolves-there were miles of shooting and dying still ahead.
Cowboys Spencer and Sumner and their companions are hired to lead a wagon train across the Rockies to Oregon. The fast approach of winter and skirmishes with outlaws and thieves make the task more challenging than these rugged travelers had ever imagined.
- Fiction + Literature Genres
- January 3, 2012
- January 1, 2015
- Ralph Compton