A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains, by Isabella Bird

Table of Contents

  1. Lake Tahoe — Morning in San Francisco — Dust — A Pacific mail-train — Digger Indians — Cape Horn — A mountain hotel — A pioneer — A Truckee livery stable — A mountain stream — Finding a bear — Tahoe.
  2. A lady’s “get-up” — Grizzly bears — The “Gems of the Sierras” — A tragic tale — A carnival of color.
  3. A Temple of Morpheus — Utah — A “God-forgotten” town — A distressed couple — Dog villages — A temperance colony — A Colorado inn — The bug pest — Fort Collins.
  4. A plague of flies — A melancholy charioteer — The Foot Hills — A mountain boarding-house — A dull life — “Being agreeable” — Climate of Colorado — Soroche and snakes.
  5. A dateless day — “Those hands of yours” — A Puritan — Persevering shiftlessness — The house-mother — Family worship — A grim Sunday — A “thick-skulled Englishman” — A morning call — Another atmosphere — The Great Lone Land — “Ill found” — A log camp — Bad footing for horses — Accidents — Disappointment.
  6. A bronco mare — An accident — Wonderland — A sad story — The children of the Territories — Hard greed — Halcyon hours — Smartness — Old-fashioned prejudices — The Chicago colony — Good luck — Three notes of admiration — A good horse — The St. Vrain — The Rocky Mountains at last — “Mountain Jim” — A death hug — Estes Park.
  7. Personality of Long’s Peak — “Mountain Jim” — Lake of the Lilies — A silent forest — The camping ground — “Ring” — A lady’s bower — Dawn and sunrise — A glorious view — Links of diamonds — The ascent of the Peak — The “Dog’s Lift” — Suffering from thirst — The descent — The bivouac.
  8. Estes Park — Big game — “Parks” in Colorado — Magnificent scenery — Flowers and pines — An awful road — Our log cabin — Griffith Evans — A miniature world — Our topics — A night alarm — A skunk — Morning glories — Daily routine — The panic — “Wait for the wagon” — A musical evening.
  9. “Please Ma’ams” — A desperado — A cattle hunt — The muster — A mad cow — A snowstorm — Snowed up — Birdie — The Plains — A prairie schooner — Denver — A find — Plum Creek — “Being agreeable” — Snowbound — The grey mare.
  10. A white world — Bad traveling — A millionaire’s home — Pleasant Park — Perry’s Park — Stock-raising — A cattle king — The Arkansas Divide — Birdie’s sagacity — Luxury — Monument Park — Deference to prejudice — A death scene — The Manitou — A loose shoe — The Ute Pass — Bergens Park — A settler’s home — Hayden’s Divide — Sharp criticism — Speaking the truth.
  11. Tarryall Creek — The Red Range — Excelsior — Importunate pedlars — Snow and heat — A bison calf — Deep drifts — South Park — The Great Divide — Comanche Bill — Difficulties — Hall’s Gulch — A Lord Dundreary — Ridiculous fears.
  12. Deer Valley — Lynch law — Vigilance committees — The silver spruce — Taste and abstinence — The whisky fiend — Smartness — Turkey creek Canyon — The Indian problem — Public rascality — Friendly meetings — The way to the Golden City — A rising settlement — Clear Creek Canyon — Staging — Swearing — A mountain town.
  13. The blight of mining — Green Lake — Golden City — Benighted — Vertigo — Boulder Canyon — Financial straits — A hard ride — The last cent — A bachelor’s home — “Mountain Jim” — A surprise — A night arrival — Making the best of it — Scanty fare.
  14. A dismal ride — A desperado’s tale — “Lost! Lost! Lost!” — Winter glories — Solitude — Hard times — Intense cold — A pack of wolves — The beaver dams — Ghastly scenes — Venison steaks — Our evenings.
  15. A whisky slave — The pleasures of monotony — The mountain lion — “Another mouth to feed” — A tiresome boy — An outcast — Thanksgiving Day — The newcomer — A literary humbug — Milking a dry cow — Trout-fishing — A snow-storm — A desperado’s den.
  16. A harmonious home — Intense cold — A purple sun — A grim jest — A perilous ride — Frozen eyelids — Longmount — The pathless prairie — Hardships of emigrant life — A trapper’s advice — The Little Thompson — Evans and “Jim.”
  17. Woman’s mission — The last morning — Crossing the St. Vrain — Miller — The St. Vrain again — Crossing the prairie — “Jim’s” dream — “Keeping strangers” — The inn kitchen — A reputed child-eater — Notoriety — A quiet dance — “Jim’s” resolve — The frost-fall — An unfortunate introduction.

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