Most people are familiar with the Thanksgiving story of our pilgrim forefathers (even if not always the most accurate story) but what about the Thanksgiving stories of pioneers living in the wild and unruly west of the 19th century? The 1800’s brought about a great migration of homesteading pioneers across North America. People who sold all they had, loaded up in wagons, and crossed the “Mighty Mississip” to venture into the great plains. Some ventured across the Rockies and some all the way to the west coast of California. Their reasons were as varied as their backgrounds. Their journeys were wrought with hardship, danger, and hunger. Death was a constant companion. Some turned back in order to escape the hardships before they died, but a fraction of those hearty and brave enough to stay the course found comfort in trying to carve out their own corner of the world. What were their Thanksgiving celebrations like? Did they even have anything to be thankful for? Perhaps true thanksgiving in the face of adversity is best told through their stories and, in some cases, their own words.
- Lone Star Farmstead
Author of Lone Star Farmstead, Brandon is a full time paramedic who, along with his family, is working toward a goal of increasing self-sustainability. He writes in the hope of helping others through information and encouragement along their own journey.
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