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West Coast Journeys: 06/01/11
West Coast Journeys by Caroline C. Leighton is a compilation of diary entries and letters she wrote during her trips from San Francisco through parts of California up through Oregon, Washington and into Canada.
Washington was still a territory at the time of Leighton's travels. Although things have changed and transportation options have improved, Leighton's precise and pictorial descriptions of her journey makes it easy to follow along on a modern day map. I read with a copy of Google Maps open so I could zoom into some of the most rural areas.
The book wraps up with Leighton settling down in the Bay Area. Her descriptions of San Francisco, Oakland and Alameda are fascinating.
The edition I read had some historical perspectives added as introductions to the different time periods. They were were nice but unnecessary given Leighton's own attention to detail.