H. Lee Scamehorn

H. Lee Scamehorn is a professor of history at the University of Colorado, Boulder campus.

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Buckeye Rovers in the Gold Rush · An Edition of Two Diaries
By H. Lee Scamehorn · Edited by Edwin P. Banks and Jamie Lytle-Webb

When “California Fever” raced through southeastern Ohio in the spring of 1849, a number of residents of Athens County organized a cooperative venture for traveling overland to the mines. Known as the “Buckeye Rovers,” the company began its trip westward in early April. The Buckeye Rovers, along with thousands who traveled the overland route to California, endured numerous hardships and the seemingly constant threat of attacks from hostile Indians.

“Scamehorn has carefully and thoroughly edited these diaries. his introduction, epilogue, and notes help to make the book a highly readable account of the California Trail and of the Gold Rush.”

Utah Historical Quarterly