The Blazed Trail of the Old Frontier: Being the Log of the Upper Missouri Historical Expedition under the Auspices of the Governors & Historical Associations of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Montana for 1925

By Agnes C. Laut; Charles M. Russell | Go to book overview

PART I: LA VERENDRYE (1738-39-41) AND THOMPSON (1797-98)

THEY say the wireless waves have been photographing on their electric fabric the records of the ages since time began. The reel must needs have clicked at terrific velocity in these last hundred years; for in the American West, the world has witnessed in a single century a complete transition from Stone Age man with flint and obsidian and bone tool to the highest type of sophisticated civilization with all that culture and science can yield of comfort and luxury.

Something of this--inarticulate, perhaps, and dreamy like a racial memory washed out by some cup of forgetfulness--must have flashed through the thoughts of the guests of the Upper Missouri Historical Expedition, assembled July 16, 1925, at the Somerset Club, St. Paul, for the luncheon to inaugurate the first ceremonies of the association.

Outside, an atmosphere in floods of gold. Hills of intense green. Such skies as gave Minnesota its Indian name--Land of Sky-colored Water. Only a stone's throw away, to the West, that old Sibley Mansion, where Chippeways between the Mississippi and Mackinac, Assiniboines and Crees from Red River, Sioux from the West, came treading on padded moccasin foot

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