Here is Lavinia Honeyman Porter's true tale of westward expansion to the American west in 1860. She was barely twenty, from a privileged background, and with a husband no better suited for wilderness adventures.
Only fifty copies were printed and bound in 1910 but some have survived. This one was written by a woman who could truly write. Her musical prose makes an already wonderful true story a joy to read.
As she tells us, "Whoever had the temerity to propose turning their backs on civilized life and their faces toward the far-off Rocky mountains were supposed to be daring with a boldness bordering on recklessness."
This was not a journey to be taken lightly. Many graves and abandoned goods were passed along the way. Family members left behind were filled with anxious wondering for months. Fifty years later, Lavinia stilled wept when thinking about the parting meeting with her beloved sister.
As young as Lavinia was, she already had one son and discovered shortly before heading out across the prarie that she was again pregnant. Loneliness, objective danger, harsh weather, and more awaited them. This is the story of that journey.