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Land of Enchantment: Memoirs of Marian Russell Along the Santa Fe Trail


Marian Russell

The Santa Fe Trail was one of the great commercial routes across the West, frequented more by merchants than by emigrants. Hence women travelers were few on the Santa Fe Trail, and Land of Enchantment is one of the few firsthand accounts by a woman of life on the trail. The author, Marian Russell (1845-1936), dictated her story to her daughter-in-law in the 1930s. Published in a limited edition in 1954 and highly praised by scholars, that edition has become virtually impossible to obtain.

This forgotten classic paints a vivid picture of nineteenth-century New Mexico as seen by a bright young girl from the age of seven on. Mrs. Russell's memories of several well-known western figures are not only delightful reading but make this book a useful addition to the region's history.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Marc Simmons is considered New Mexico's historian laureate and has published over forty books on New Mexico history. Simmons is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 1993 the King of Spain granted him membership in the knightly Order of Isabela la Catílica for his contributions to Spanish colonial history. He resides in Cerrillos, New Mexico.

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"(Russell's) account is absolutely wonderful--unassuming, natural, and richly detailed."

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Mobile Register, AL




6.125 x 9.25 in. 184 pages 1 drawings, 9 halftones, 1 maps