The history of Westward trails is well documented, often compelling and always adventurous.
This book details the unique history of the seldom-discussed Southern Route from Utah to California. In great detail, Edward Leo Lyman covers the route, the towns, the people and their hardships and tragedies, including the Mountain Meadows Massacre. The Utah section of the trail and the Mormon experience is perhaps the best documentation yet. The detailed maps increase the reader’s understanding of the geography. This is a welcome addition to the annals of American Westward expansion. —Linda Wommack