Sail and Rail Pioneers before 1869

Most pioneers traveled by boat or rail from their ships or other starting points in the East to places in the West where the wagon trails began. Those important legs of their journeys were sometimes well over a thousand miles long—a real story, a real journey, which was in many cases as hazardous and arduous as the final trek across the plains. They endured harassment, filthy accommodations, hunger, and accidents before even starting their wagon journeys.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 35:2
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