Beyond the Mississippi: From the Great River to the Great Ocean: Life and Adventure on the Prairies, Mountains and Pacific Coast ... 1857-1867

Beyond the Mississippi: From the Great River to the Great Ocean: Life and Adventure on the Prairies, Mountains and Pacific Coast ... 1857-1867

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Beyond the Mississippi: From the Great River to the Great Ocean: Life and Adventure on the Prairies, Mountains and Pacific Coast ... 1857-1867

Beyond the Mississippi: From the Great River to the Great Ocean: Life and Adventure on the Prairies, Mountains and Pacific Coast ... 1857-1867

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Twenty years ago, half our continent was an unknown land, and the Rocky Mountains were our Pillars of Hercules. Five years hence, the Orient will be our next-door neighbor. We shall hold the world's granary, the world's treasury, the world's highway. But we shall have no Far West, no border, no Civilization, in line of battle, pressing back hostile savages, and conquering hostile Nature.

I have sought to picture a fleeting phase of our national life; not omitting its grotesque, lawless features; not concealing my admiration for the adventurous pioneers who have founded great States from the Mississippi to the Pacific, and made a new geography for the American Union.

It is discreditable to Americans -- peculiarly so to those with means and leisure for traveling abroad -- that they know little of this geography; little of the greatness, richness and beauty of our national inheritance.

In exhaustlessness and variety of resources, no other country on the globe equals ours beyond the Mississippi. In grand natural curiosities and wonders, all other countries combined fall far below it.

Its mines, forests and prairies await the capitalist. Its dusky races, earth-monuments and ancient cities importune the antiquarian. Its cataracts, canyons and crests woo the painter. Its mountains, minerals and stupendous vegetable productions challenge the naturalist. Its air . . .

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