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American Trails Revisited-The Bozeman Trail By Lyn Wilkerson
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In 1863, John M. Bozeman blazed a road from the Oregon Trail to the Montana gold camps. In 1864, he escorted a wagon train over it. This excerpt follows the Bozeman Trail from Caspar, Wyoming to... More > Bannack, Montana, arching across the battlefield of Little Big Horn into the mining country of Montana's Rocky Mountains.< Less
American Trails Revisited-The Oregon Trail By Lyn Wilkerson
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This first installment of the American Trails Revisited series is an excerpt from our full publication, "American Trails Revisited", produced in 2003. This excerpt drives the trail from... More > St. Louis, Missouri, to Astoria, Oregon, examining not only the main trail, but all of its alternate branches as well. The highway signage that you would expect to see when you are driving is included, so there is less confusion when the route changes its host highway. Please enjoy the rich history and entertaining stories which lay along his hallowed route across the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.< Less
American Trails Revisited-The Santa Fe Trail By Lyn Wilkerson
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The Santa Fe Trail began its life as primarily a commercial venture. Following a route used at least partially by the Spaniard explorer Francisco Vazquez de Coronado (1541) and later by Zebulon... More > Montgomery Pike (1806), it served as the primary trade route between the growing American West and the Mexican territories. The Santa Fe Trail provided trade in basic dry goods with the northern Mexican settlements, and later provided a connection in the southern trade route to California. The Santa Fe was a primary source of people, goods and mail, only to be supplanted in 1880 by what would become the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad. This excerpt from 'American Trails Revisited' follows the Santa Fe from Kansas City, Missouri, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, exploring the history of the Native Americans and early explorers through the South Central Plains and into the Southwest.< Less
American Trails Revisited-The Butterfield Overland Stage By Lyn Wilkerson
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In March of 1857, realizing the need for an overland mail route from the east that serviced the west, congress passed a Post Office Appropriations Bill. On September 15, 1857, one of the nine... More > bidders, 56 year-old John Butterfield of the John Butterfield Company was awarded the mail contract by Congress. On September 16, 1858, the first trip was launched from Tipton, Missouri. This installment of the American Trails Revisited series is an excerpt from our publication of the same name. This guide follows the route of the Butterfield Overland Stage Route across the Southern Plains and Southwest, from St. Louis to San Francisco. Come follow the paths of the early wagon travelers and enjoy the rich and entertaining history along the way.< Less
Slow Travels-Louisiana By Lyn Wilkerson
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Slow Travels-Louisiana takes the leisure driver and their passengers on entertaining and educational journeys through Louisiana's history. Four highways host these journeys: U.S. Highway 61 follows... More > the route of the Great River Road from Mississippi to New Orleans, U.S. Highway 80 retraces the route of the Vicksburg, Shreveport, & Pacific Railroad from Vicksburg on the Mississippi River to the Texas Line west of Shreveport, U.S. Highway 84 explores the central part of the state along the old Texas Road from Natchez to Natchitoches, and U.S. Highway 90 roughly retraces the Old Spanish Trail through the lands of the Creole and Cajun of Southern Louisiana. The histories of Native Americans, French and Spanish explorers, the Acadians of Nova Scotia, and the plantation communities all roll out in front of you through our Slow Travels.< Less
Slow Travels-Tennessee By Lyn Wilkerson
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Slow Travels--Tennessee is the third in our new Slow Travels series. U.S. Highways 11, 25, 31, and 70 are followed through the State, examining a cross-section for Tennessee and providing a wealth of... More > historical information along the way. Seven maps provide reference points along the way. Your purchase includes a $1 donation to the American Trails Preservation Trust. The Slow Travels series encourages the driving tourist to take the slower paced route, and see the rich history which lies along that highway. Not only are the more popular sites examined, but you are also shown the many places in between those sites which are most often overlooked. 90% of our history is either distinguished by only a marker or no marker at all. That is the history most travelers are missing, and that is what the purpose of Caddo Publications USA is, to bring that missing history to everyone's attention.< Less
Slow Travels-Blue Ridge Parkway By Lyn Wilkerson
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This edition of the Slow Travels Series commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway construction. The segments of the parkway are separated into the Virginia and... More > North Carolina sections. Also included are U.S. Highways 11, 50, 52, and 60 (Virginia), U.S. Highway 70 (North Carolina), and the Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah National Park. This guide is not intended to be a history of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but a guide to the history which lies along it and in the surrounding region.< Less
Slow Travels-Illinois By Lyn Wilkerson
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Slow Travels-Illinois explores four highways across various parts of the State. U.S. 30 travels portions of the Lincoln Highway and Sauk Trail across Northern Illinois, through Joliet and Aurora to... More > the Mississippi River. U.S. 50 covers the southern portion of the Illinois, examining the earliest settlements and the development along the St.Louis-Vincennes stage road. Historic Route 66 explores the mother road from its beginning at Lake Michigan, diagonally across the State through Bloomington and Springfield, to the banks of the Mississippi opposite St. Louis. Finally, U.S. Highway 67 follows the western edge of Illinois, beginning at the Quad Cities and finishing at Alton.< Less
Slow Travels-Alabama By Lyn Wilkerson
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This edition in the Slow Travels series explores the State of Alabama. U.S. 11 follows a diagonal from the northeastern corner of the state, traveling along the valleys of the southern Appalachians... More > to Birmingham. Beyond Birmingham, the highway runs through open rolling hills to Tuscaloosa and the Mississippi Line. U.S. 31 bisects the state, starting in the plateau west of Huntsville and traveling south to Montgomery. From the state capital, the highway turns southwest to the panhandle and Mobile Bay. U.S. 72 crosses northern Alabama, following the route of the Tennessee River through Huntsville and Florence. U.S. 78 cuts across the state, passing through the mountains around Talladega, past Birmingham and into the lesser populated territory to the west. Finally, U.S. 80 explores the deep history of central Alabama, starting west of Columbus, Georgia, and passing through the state capitol and along the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail to Demopolis and Mississippi.< Less
Slow Travels-Arkansas By Lyn Wilkerson
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Slow Travels--Arkansas is the first in our new Slow Travels series. U.S. Highways 61, 67, 70, 71, and 79 are followed through Arkansas, criss-crossing the state and providing a wealth of historical... More > information along the way. Eight maps provide reference points along the way. Your purchase includes a $1 donation to the American Trails Preservation Trust. The Slow Travels series encourages the driving tourist to take the slower paced route, and see the rich history which lies along that highway. Not only are the more popular sites examined, but you are also shown the many places in between those sites which are most often overlooked. 90% of our history is either distinguished by only a marker or no marker at all. That is the history most travelers are missing, and that is what the purpose of Caddo Publications USA is, to bring that missing history to everyone's attention.< Less