The Go-Backer with author and historian Peter Decker

Addresse1289 Lincoln Ave
CitySteamboat Springs
AtBud Werner Memorial Library
CountyRoutt (CO1269)
1289 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs
Bud Werner Memorial Library
Routt (CO1269)
Tel 2018-04-10
Categoria Events
The Go-Backer with author and historian Peter Decker

“The Go-Backer” with author and historian Peter Decker Homesteaders who risk everything to turn back from the western frontier. April 10, 2018 at 6:30PM at Library Hall (1289 Lincoln Ave.) After the Civil War, thousands of Americans and Europeans trekked west to secure a new home and farm under the provisions of the Homestead Act of 1862. But as historians have discovered, only three out of ten of these adventurers succeeded in achieving their dream. The other 70 percent—called the “go-backers”—either turned back toward home after one or two years, or if they “proved up” on their 160-acre homestead, they quickly “starved out.” It took courage and determination to survive on the western frontier. Homesteaders endured diseases and injuries without medical attention, Indian attacks, catastrophic natural disasters, lack of roads, and lonely isolation.

Presented by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Bud Werner Memorial Library. FREE event.

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