Aug 6, 2021 • 24M

Podcast: Margaret and Ledyard Go West (1)

A Successful But Bored Young Couple Hop in an RV, and Go Nomad . . . in 1850

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Going West. Photo: Annette Laing, 2021


Podcast (24 minutes)

It’s 1897, and widower Ledyard Frink is about to publish his wife Margaret’s extraordinary account of their early life in Northern California, nearly half a century earlier. Here’s the Gold Rush like you never thought of it before, through the eyes of a savvy and kind young couple.

This is the podcast version of my post, Margaret and Ledyard Go West (1) based on Margaret Frink’s 1850 journal, in Kenneth L. Holmes (ed.), Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1850, vol. 2 (1983)

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