John A. Snowshoe Thompson, Pioneer Mail Carrier of the Sierra Frank Tortorich

ISBN: 9781941052105

Published: September 1st 2015

Paperback

342 pages


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John A. Snowshoe Thompson, Pioneer Mail Carrier of the Sierra  by  Frank Tortorich

John A. Snowshoe Thompson, Pioneer Mail Carrier of the Sierra by Frank Tortorich
September 1st 2015 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 342 pages | ISBN: 9781941052105 | 9.73 Mb

John A. Thompson was born Norway in 1827. His family emigrated to the U.S. just ten years later and by 1851 John was a young man, ready to try his luck in the gold fields of California. While he undoubtedly brought enthusiasm and determination withMoreJohn A. Thompson was born Norway in 1827. His family emigrated to the U.S. just ten years later and by 1851 John was a young man, ready to try his luck in the gold fields of California. While he undoubtedly brought enthusiasm and determination with him to his new home, he also brought with him something the people of that region had never seen before: skis!

Unfamiliar with the long thin strips of wood he strapped to his feet, people called them snow-shoes and Thompson acquired a nickname. Of the many interests he pursued in the years that followed-as a farmer, rancher, guide, trader, Indian agent and politician-the thing Thompson is remembered most for was his service as a dependable mail carrier, who made record time traversing the Sierra Nevada on those snow-shoes, carrying the winter mail and keeping the lines of communication open for those who lived in the region.

This is his story. Frank Tortorich captures the fortitude and stamina of this legendary Norwegian American whose strength and perseverance serve as a role model for todays youth.Snowshoe and the historic town of Genoa are grateful!-Sue Knight, Friends of Snowshoe Thompson The authors knowledge and understanding of the Sierra emigration era serves as a background for what he has been able to express in this book.

Tusen takk!-Nina MacLeod Caveat Lector (let the reader beware). Frank Tortorichs gripping account of the legendary life, legacy, and accomplishments of John Snowshoe Thompson is most captivating, and his excitement, enthusiasm, and interest in California pioneers and Gold Rush history are contagious.

Ken Johnston, author of Legendary Truths, Peter Lassen and His Gold Rush Trail in Fact and Fable.



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