West of Wichita
Settling the High Plains of Kansas, 1865-1890Book - 1986
This volume, which presents a "slice-of-life" on the Plains during its early settlement, adds rich detail to our understanding of the struggle for survival in a harsh landscape that tested the hardiest pioneer. Miner concentrates not only on the major economic events of the period--railroad building, Indian raids, the grasshopper invasion of 1874, the blizzard of 1886--but also on the more personal experiences equally important: building sod houses, choosing crops, filing of claims, fighting varmints, and dealing with the deaths of children on the prairie.
Publisher: Lawrence, KS : University Press of Kansas, c1986.
Characteristics: viii, 303 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.