WILL BAGLEY. South Pass: Gateway to a Continent


WILL BAGLEY. South Pass: Gateway to a Continent. University of Oklahoma Press. Hardcover, 328 pages, $29.95, oupress.com.

Will Bagley has earned his spurs as a scholar who knows the Western terrain. The time and attention given to South Pass reaffirms his worth as a historian. He takes us from the landmark’s discovery and rediscovery to its legacy. South Pass reminds us of the temporal significance of routes and trails. A corridor that allowed a half million travelers to reach California and Oregon has faded into historic memory as the transcontinental railroad and later the highway established new gateways to a continent.