TOUR GUIDE TO THE OLD WEST by Alice Cromie

TOUR GUIDE TO THE OLD WEST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Although the emphasis here is on sites from western history--old forts and government buildings, Indian artifact museums and tribal villages, cowboy paraphernalia, trail crossings--other kinds of places are indicated when they are near a site already mentioned or are too important to overlook, such as national parks and wildlife refuges or the Truman Library in Independence. Cromie has compiled a staggering number of entries for nineteen states (including Arkansas); scattered through the conventional listings are hand-picked quotations, allusive messages from contemporary songs, and humorous observations on the worst hotel in the west, the transient esteem given a lucky prospector, or the scarcity of women, as in this terse explanation: ""We married everything that got off the railroad."" Useful maps showing major roads are also included.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Quadrangle/The New York Times