The Wild West on Five Bits a Day (Traveling on 5)

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Put on your spurs, fill your pockets with gold dust and ammunition, and plan your trip back in time to America’s legendary frontier in 1880. The newest book in Thames & Hudson’s bestselling ‘Time Travel’ series shows the reader what it was really like in everybody’s favourite film landscape: the American Wild West in the days of Jesse James and Dodge City. Drawing on contemporary newspapers and travel memoirs, Joan Tapper offers advice on the cleanest boarding houses and filthiest saloons, what to eat, what to wear, who to meet – and who to avoid – and how to get out of Dodge in a hurry if you fail to spot the difference. From navigating the new railroads to avoiding calamity when you finally meet Calamity Jane, this entertaining guide belongs in the holster of every time-travelling tourist.

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Before You Go · Getting There · Practical Advice · Entertainments and Vices · Pastimes and Celebrations · People to Meet · People to Avoid Must-See Sights

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2010 Pages: 160 Publisher: Thames & Hudson Click on the Google Preview image above to read some pages of this book! Enjoy time-travel through the Old West ... and enter a world of cowboys . Indians. and cavalry officers. legendary lawmen and gunslingers. gamblers. working girls with hearts of gold. and pioneers building a life on the frontier. The time is 1880. Railroad travel to California is relatively easy. and you can ride a spur line to towns like Santa Fe. but getting to many places in the mountains and plains calls for a sense of adventure. Cowboys drive huge herds of cattle from Texas ranches to raucous Kansas railheads. The Earps and Doc Holliday are in Tombstone; Jesse James and Billy the Kid are still at large. Booming Leadville has just opened its famous opera house. while Virginia City reigns as Queen of the Comstock. This rollicking guide t...

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'Tells you more about the Wild West than many books in the vast library on the topic'
--The Independent

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