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Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

Returning home to New Mexico from their 1776 exploration of what is now known as the American Southwest, the Fathers Dominguez and Escalante suffered with the rest of their party…

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

The 1776 Dominguez/Escalante exploration continued on Sept. 26, when the group departed from guide Silvestre’s home village in Utah and traveled in a southwesterly direction camping successively near Springville, Payson,…

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

On Sept. 20,1776, the Dominguez/Escalante expedition traveled westward in Utah through the present Uinta National Forest from Strawberry Valley along Fifth Water Creek and Diamond Creek to Wanhodes Canyon. Cool…

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

We’ve been reviewing the 1776 adventures of an exploration trip led by the Fransciscan fathers Atansio Dominguez and Silvestre Escalante. The purpose of their trip was to establish an overland…

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

Last week, our traipsin’ Franciscan fathers had bivouacked with a group of Utah Indians near Bowie, Colo. After a long talk with the Utes, who warned them to turn back…

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

Last week, our galivantin’ Franciscan friars and their dutiful followers were on the Colorado/Utah border a little west of Nucla, traipsin’ westward into a dry land full of lizards and…

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

I’m in the midst of describing the path of the 1776 Dominguez/Escalante expedition. The footsteps these adventuresome Franciscan fathers left eventually became known as the Old Spanish Trail, a historic…

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

We’re writing about famous explorations of the Far West. We completed the story of Juan Maria Rivera in 1765, and described the main characters of the 1776 Dominguez/Escalante expedition, perhaps…

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’: Who was first?

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’: Who was first?

Many historians viewed guides as the most important members of their entourage. In this article I’m using guide and scout as synonyms. Some opine that if Custer had paid more…

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’: Who was first?

For many years, the Old Spanish Trail served as a vital link between Hispanic New Mexico and Hispanic California. The first footprints on most of this trail were planted in…