Days on the Road: Crossing the Plains in 1865

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sarah Raymond Herndon

Narrated By: Sue Anderson

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2017

Duration: 5 hours 36 minutes


“We had spent almost all our money for toll, ferrying and other expenses on the road. It might be a serious matter to be in a strange place without money . . . There is nothing we can spare so well as Dick. . . . It would not do to be sentimental under existing circumstances.” This is the practical pioneer woman Sarah Raymond Herndon writing in her journal about selling her horse to finance the final days of her family’s trek across the plains to Montana.

However, when her brother, Hillhouse, actually sells her beloved pony, Sarah is distraught. “I sobbed out loud. I could not help crying. I let the purse (with the money) roll out of my lap into the bottom of the wagon.” But then, she stiffens her resolve and displays a quiet sense of humor: “Of course, I knew the wagon bed was tight, and there was no danger of (the purse) being lost.” Sarah became the first school teacher in Virginia City, Montana. Her account of crossing the plains in 1865 is rich in emotion and incident. Summary by Sue Anderson


  • John L

    Interesting story though the narration does tend to make you drift off as its very monotone and robotic like. It was an interesting period of time and I wanted to hear it from the average person moving across America. Not a top of the list but no means the bottom.

Days on the Road: Crossing the Plains in 1865

by Sarah Raymond Herndon

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Days on the Road: Crossing the Plains in 1865, Sarah Raymond Herndon