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Dreamers : on the trail of the Nez Perce
Stadius, Martin.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Caldwell, Idaho : Caxton Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xx, 437 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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E99.N5 S73 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Stevens Pass always has had an aura of mystery about it. Even while Seattle boomed during the great gold rush of the 1800s, there was no way to cross the formidable North Cascade Mountains. Inspired by potential Orient trade, railroaders spent years looking for a suitable route over the mountains until surveyor John F. Stevens discovered a pass in 1890.The history of the opening of Stevens Pass is a saga of nearly superhuman feats by railroad construction crews, ghastly design mistakes, natural catastrophes, and the determination of magnates to connect communities by rail.Another part of the Stevens Pass saga is the story of individuals who traversed the mountains, built crude homes and schooled their children at home or in drafty log school houses. But there also was an element living in the mountains who took advantage of the isolation to work scams, fight, steal and even commit murder.More than a regional history, this story tells of the Wellington disaster, a killer avalanche; the period when ski jumping drew crowds of thousands and the growing efforts of the U.S. Forest Service to serve recreational demands.

Author Notes

Martin Stadius is a native of the West with more than twenty years experience in the book business and lives in Portland, Oregon. He began his study of the Nez Perce war in 1992, after reading about the new National Historic Trail, and visiting White Bird, where the first battle of the conflict was fought.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. x
Illustrationsp. xi
Prologuep. xiii
Chapter 1 The Real Peoplep. 1
Chapter 2 Wallowap. 23
Chapter 3 Lapwaip. 51
Chapter 4 Split Rocksp. 81
Chapter 5 White Birdp. 111
Chapter 6 Clearwaterp. 143
Chapter 7 Lolop. 179
Chapter 8 Bitterrootp. 199
Chapter 9 Big Holep. 223
Chapter 10 Birch Creekp. 247
Chapter 11 Camas Meadowsp. 271
Chapter 12 Yellowstonep. 301
Chapter 13 Absarokap. 331
Chapter 14 Buffalo Countryp. 359
Chapter 15 Bear Pawp. 391
Bibliographyp. 417
Indexp. 427
The Authorp. 437