Days on the Road: Crossing the Plains in 1865

Written by:
Sarah Raymond Herndon
Narrated by:
Sue Anderson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2017
5 hours 36 minutes
“We had spent almost all our money for toll, ferrying and other expenses on the road. It might be a serious matter to be in a strange place without money . . . There is nothing we can spare so well as Dick. . . . It would not do to be sentimental under existing circumstances.” This is the practical pioneer woman Sarah Raymond Herndon writing in her journal about selling her horse to finance the final days of her family’s trek across the plains to Montana.

However, when her brother, Hillhouse, actually sells her beloved pony, Sarah is distraught. “I sobbed out loud. I could not help crying. I let the purse (with the money) roll out of my lap into the bottom of the wagon.” But then, she stiffens her resolve and displays a quiet sense of humor: “Of course, I knew the wagon bed was tight, and there was no danger of (the purse) being lost.” Sarah became the first school teacher in Virginia City, Montana. Her account of crossing the plains in 1865 is rich in emotion and incident. Summary by Sue Anderson
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Good read. Very interesting

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John L

Interesting story though the narration does tend to make you drift off as its very monotone and robotic like. It was an interesting period of time and I wanted to hear it from the average person moving across America. Not a top of the list but no means the bottom.

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Connie H.

What a treasure to hear this first hand account and realize that my own ancestors may have had "automatic" butter churning, too. I've listened to another book, My Mother and I, by the same narrator where the well enunciated words seem dry, and a bit boring; but she has added some inflection here and by then end I was enjoying her read.

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Excellent diary, very clearly read…makes history “come alive.”

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