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WILLIAM E. HILL. The Oregon Trail, Yesterday and Today

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WILLIAM E. HILL. The Oregon Trail, Yesterday and Today. Caxton Press. Paperback, 196 pages, $12.95, caxtonpress.com.

Something for everyone: novice, professional, casual reader or modern traveler. Using diaries, historic maps, guidebooks and emigrant drawings, paintings and early photographs, Hill traces the trail’s development, methods of travel, dangers faced, and the route to the Willamette Valley. Present photos are paired with historic illustrations by Miller, Jackson, Tappan and others, that allow comparison of the trail of yesterday with its state today. Historic sites, centers and museums are noted for the modern traveler.