Memories of a Trailblazer: Seventy Years on the Frontier by Alexander Majors


Read the incredible autobiography of the man who created the Pony Express! Alexander Majors tells his life story through the lens of the American West and its progress through the 19th century. In 1820, when he was just 5 years old, his family moved to a log cabin in Saint Louis, where he grew up watching the opening of the west.  For seventy years he participated in all aspects of its history, including freighting on the Santa Fe Trail, the Mexican-American War, the Mormon migration, overland mail, silver and gold mining, and much more.

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For seventy years, Alexander Majors witnessed the amazing evolution of America in the 19th century. From ferries across the Mississippi to the transcontinental railroad, he experienced and chronicled the expansion of the West. This autobiography, first published in 1893 under the name Seventy Years on the Frontier, provides a front-row seat to such events as the Mexican-American War, gold discoveries and silver mines, the telegraph, the Mormon migration, and much, much more. More importantly, he established a freight line on the Santa Fe Trail as well as the  famous Pony Express.

This autobiography isn’t just the story of Alexander Majors; it’s also a detailed description of the West as he knew it. Majors provides exciting stories of settlements, wagon trains, hunting parties, buffalo fights, battles, and inventions. Other chapters include detailed information on beaver, trapping, agriculture, mirages, mining, and settlements.

His friend Buffalo Bill Cody says in the Foreward, “The man who could in the face of all dangers and obstacles originate and carry to success a line of freighter wagons, a mail route from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and a Pony Express, flying at the utmost speed of a hare through the land, was no ordinary individual, as can be well understood. And such a man Alexander Majors was. He won success; and to-day, on the verge of four score years, lives over again in his book the thrilling scenes in his own life and in the lives of others.”

This edition is a faithful reprint of the original work of Alexander Majors, with 39 new photos and illustrations, plus additional footnotes. Knowledge Keepers Bookstore specializes in bringing factual and fascinating American history accounts back into print for the 21st century reader. Look for all of our titles spanning 400 years of America’s history!

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Weight 19 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .73 in


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