The Sweetwater River Valley in central Wyoming is the setting for this narrative history of a desolate region of the country that remains relatively unspoiled to this day. Throughout the 19th century, the region was a crossroads for explorers, trappers, Indians, ranchers, Mormons and vigilantes.
Devil’s Gate contains a wealth of information about landmarks such as Independence Rock and Devil’s Gate, and their importance to passing wagon trains, the military and the few settlers who made their permanent homes here. Tom Rea brings the story of this adventurous panorama to life with convincing clarity; although the initial charm and intrigue fades somewhat after progression into the 20th century. Rea presents history the way it should be told, however, and the book is a keeper. —Chuck Lewis