Days on the Road: Crossing the Plains in 1865


Read by Sue Anderson

(4.6 stars; 85 reviews)

“We had spent almost all our money for toll, ferrying and other expenses on the road. It might be a serious matter to be in a strange place without money . . . There is nothing we can spare so well as Dick. . . . It would not do to be sentimental under existing circumstances.” This is the practical pioneer woman Sarah Raymond Herndon writing in her journal about selling her horse to finance the final days of her family’s trek across the plains to Montana. However, when her brother, Hillhouse, actually sells her beloved pony, Sarah is distraught. “I sobbed out loud. I could not help crying. I let the purse (with the money) roll out of my lap into the bottom of the wagon.” But then, she stiffens her resolve and displays a quiet sense of humor: “Of course, I knew the wagon bed was tight, and there was no danger of (the purse) being lost.” Sarah became the first school teacher in Virginia City, Montana. Her account of crossing the plains in 1865 is rich in emotion and incident. Summary by Sue Anderson (5 hr 36 min)

Chapters

We Start, Our First Camp 22:16 Read by Sue Anderson
Bloomfield, Iowa, Miss Milburn's Love Story 20:09 Read by Sue Anderson
The Icarian Community, A Fatal Accident 27:12 Read by Sue Anderson
We Have Our Pictures Taken, On the Banks of the Platte 20:01 Read by Sue Anderson
Fort Kearney, Eleven Graves 21:07 Read by Sue Anderson
Beaux, We Decide to Go to Montana 23:14 Read by Sue Anderson
The Mountains in Sight, A Town of Tents and Wagons 23:01 Read by Sue Anderson
We Carve Our Names in Stone, Laramie Plains 23:27 Read by Sue Anderson
We Cross the North Platte, Neelie is Sick 23:03 Read by Sue Anderson
Our Train Divided, On Bitter Creek 26:18 Read by Sue Anderson
A Fatal Shooting, We Leave the Train 22:07 Read by Sue Anderson
Mr. Curry's Horses Stolen, The Wanderers' Return 24:32 Read by Sue Anderson
Mormon Towns in Idaho, We Meet Men Returning from the Mines 23:29 Read by Sue Anderson
Dick is Sold, Oh, Dear 19:59 Read by Sue Anderson
The End of Our Journey, A Letter from Dr. Howard 16:14 Read by Sue Anderson

Reviews

A glimpse into the past.


(4 stars)

This is a recorded journal of a young lady and her family's journey immigrating to the west in a wagon train. It is a gentle read which taught me several things that I have not listened to in other books of this kind. This story has the appropriate ups and downs to keep the reader interested from beginning to end. The narrator is not hard to listen too and did a fine job! If I could, I would give it 3 and 1/2 stars out of 5, but it is closer to 4 stars than 3. To the perspective listener, I hope you find this review helpful!

excellent true journey and excellent narration!


(5 stars)

I thoroughly enjoyed this true story. Sue reads nicely and at a great pace to digest. Can’t fathom life back then.


(5 stars)

Enjoyed the narrative of this story.Easy to follow,and with a voice that seemed to echo back to those faraway days of western adventure.

Vivid account


(5 stars)

Enjoyed the many details and how it brings to life trials and joys of the crossing. Time very well spent.

Hardcore Americans


(5 stars)

Excellent tale of Grit and determination. Anyone reading this probably could not survive such an odesssy.

Diary


(4.5 stars)

Innocent yet captivating. Writing from a youths perspective. Historically accurate although naive. Well read.

very good


(4.5 stars)

Worth listening to. enlightening and informative commentary with an excellent reader.


(4 stars)

Very enjoyable first-hand account of a young pioneer crossing the plains.