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Rinker Buck: The Oregon Trail, A New American Journey
Author Rinker Buck details his modern day crossing of 'The Oregon Trail'
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, recounts the author's experience recreating a covered wagon crossing of the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail. In 2011, Rinker Buck made the journey from Missouri to Oregon with his brother, Nick, three mules, and their dog. In The Oregon Trail, Buck provides an account of their journey - which made them the first wagon travelers in more than a century to complete a crossing of the trail - and shares the fascinating history of American emigrants who traveled across the country in the 1840s, and the people they met along the way. The Oregon Trail released in paperback on June 7, 2016.
"Learning about Rinker Buck's journey along the Oregon Trail is a fascinating way to discover this important chapter in the history of the West - and to live vicariously by reading about his adventures!" said Superintendent Tracy Fortmann. "Fort Vancouver was an important final stop along the trail, and this event is a great way to tie together history and contemporary American life."
For more information about the book, visit the website of the publisher, Simon and Schuster.
Along with Rinker Buck's book, the Bookstore at the Visitor Center has stocks many vintage books for all age groups about the history and experience of the Oregon Trail.
Photographs used by permission of the author and the publisher.