Books: Haunted Highway

THE OREGON TRAIL—Federal Writers' Project—Hastings House ($2).

No modern highway follows the historic roads to Oregon all the way. The wagon trains of a century ago ranged over the valleys to get out of ruts and dust; in some places the Oregon Trail was 20 miles wide. But US 30, following the long curves on the north bank of the Platte River across Nebraska, climbing on its oiled roadbed to cross the Laramie Mountains of Wyoming, swinging north past the ghost towns and hot springs of Idaho, most nearly follows the route of the greatest mass migration in U. S. history: almost...

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