Across the Rocky Mountains to the Columbia River
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The Narrative chronicles ajourney of discovery by the first trained naturalist to cross the American continent. As a member of Captain Nathaniel Wyeth’s 1834 expedition to the Oregon country, John Kirk Townsend journeyed west through a “rich and unexplored region” that offered science an “almost inechaustible field” for study. Townsend’s account of his travels is an engaging, personal record of the frist transcontinental trek along the route that would soon become the Oregon Trail.