The California trail ; El Camino Real. (VHS tape, 1997) [WorldCat.org]
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The California trail ; El Camino Real.

Author: Tom Bodett
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Questar, ©1997.
Series: America's historic trails.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
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"The California Trail: Visions of gold drove thousands to California in 1849. Eastern shopkeepers and Midwestern farmers dropped everything and headed west in pursuit of the American dream. Instead, many found hardship beyond belief. After crossing the Rockies, they were confronted by the deadly 40 Mile Desert. Survivors of the desert trek then gambled their lives in the treacherous passes of the towering Sierra
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Genre/Form: Films for the hearing impaired
History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Bodett
ISBN: 1568552467 9781568552460
OCLC Number: 37578367
Notes: Title from cassette label.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Credits: Photography, Valerie Vozza ; editor, David Ris ; music, Denny Gore.
Performer(s): Tom Bodett, host.
Description: 1 videocassette (approximately 55 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Contents: The California Trail : The Rockies to the Gold Country --
El Camino Real : El Paso to Santa Fe.
Series Title: America's historic trails.
Other Titles: El Camino Real.

Abstract:

"The California Trail: Visions of gold drove thousands to California in 1849. Eastern shopkeepers and Midwestern farmers dropped everything and headed west in pursuit of the American dream. Instead, many found hardship beyond belief. After crossing the Rockies, they were confronted by the deadly 40 Mile Desert. Survivors of the desert trek then gambled their lives in the treacherous passes of the towering Sierra Nevada's. Tom Bodett recounts the stories of the Indian guide, Truckee; Sutter's Fort and Mill; Snowshoe Johnson, the snow skiing hero; and the ill fated Donner Party"--Container.

El Camino Real: Well before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Spanish Conquistadores explored American Southwest on El Camino Real (The Kings Highway). Using a 300 mile trade route established by the Pueblo Indians, they traveled from El Paso to Santa Fe in the vain search for cities of gold. Tom travels the length of this 400 year old trail including the Turquoise Trail and Jornada del Muerto (The journey of the Dead) in the New Mexico desert. He also visits a mustang ranch, Las Cruces, Mesilla and Santa Fe"--Container.

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