Learn more from these page-turning first-person accounts of life in the Oregon Trail era. We hand-picked books that remain as fresh and fascinating today as the day they were written. Great for every age. And just 99¢.

Across the Plains in 1844

by Catherine Sager

Catherine Sager's story is among the most gripping firsthand accounts of life in the American west ever written. She faced almost unimaginable hardship: both her parents died on the journey west on the Oregon Trail; a few years later her adoptive parents were brutally murdered before her eyes. She was even kidnapped and held for ransom. Yet Catherine was a survivor, and she lived a long life in Oregon. This enhanced version of her original manuscript adds explanatory notes, photos, maps, and drawings.

Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail

by Ezra Meeker

Ezra Meeker was an eyewitness to history; a real-life Forrest Gump. He traveled the Oregon Trail in its heyday, experienced the Klondike gold rush, made enormous fortunes in the wild west, became nationally famous, and met three U.S. presidents. And he details it all in this fascinating book. This edition adds 100+ photos, maps, and notes to Meeker’s original manuscript.


by Eliza Spalding Warren

Eliza Spalding Warren was the very first pioneer girl to grow up in the mountain west. Her tale is unparalleled—and offers fascinating insights into the earliest days of the emigrants. Eliza’s story is as fresh and readable today as the day it was written—a rare example of a historic document that can still engage modern readers, even children. This enhanced edition adds dozens of photos, maps, graphics, and notes to the original manuscript.

Diaries and Journals

by Narcissa Whitman

Narcissa Whitman was the very first woman to cross the American west in a covered wagon. Her writings provide surprising details about the 2000-mile journey on the Oregon Trail. And these letters rank among the most important of the early 1800s—because they were republished in hundreds of newspapers, influencing many to consider the trip west. She singlehandedly disproved the notion that  women were too fragile to make the journey west.