Hard Road West: History and Geology along the Gold Rush Trail

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Description: The causes were numerous, dysentery, smallpox, mumps, pneumonia, "mountain fever" (probably tick related), tuberculosis, accidental gunshot, crushing by wagon wheels, trampling or kicking by animals, drowning, hunger, thirst, and on and on-with about two-thirds of the deaths from illness. Meldahl gives all their due: pioneer women and men, native peoples, mountain men, stoic livestock, Wyoming's "biggest bully" (the wind), the landscape, sweet water, foul water, the absence of water, salt and sand, near-unbearable heat, steep inclines that were almost impossible to climb and often even worse to descend, climate changes, snow, geologic time, geological forces, the beauties of nature and her harshness that trapped and killed so many who died in anguish, the changes that modernity has brought to the wilderness ("no Raft River in the Raft River Valley today").
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