The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck


Reviewed by Anonymous (Library Patron)

This is a historic journey through modern times. Rinker Buck and his brother set out to trace the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon. Buck peppers his tales with humor and wit along side the detailed history and the huge impact the trail had during a mad dash to go west. The reader learns what goes into preparations including mule calling. Buck describes the western movement as swap meet mentality referring to offloading belongings and picking up on others. It’s also a personal journey for Buck as he often thinks of his father and the sign passed down that says “See America Slowly”. Helping hands, historic sites, challenges that go with traveling today in a covered wagon, and the oddities of existence through time are all combined to give us a rewarding read.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (978 BUC)

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