Books and Online Resources

Below is a list of suggested reading for those interested in learning more about Ezra Meeker, the Oregon Trail and the history of the area.

Washington Territory West of the Cascade Mountains, Containing a Description of Puget Sound and Rivers Emptying into it (1870) First such book printed in Washington Territory

Hop culture in the United States being a practical treatise on hop growing in Washington territory, from cutting to the bale  (1883)

Pioneer Reminiscences on Puget Sound, The Tragedy of Leschi  (1905) – (reprinted recently as two separate books)

The Ox Team or the Old Oregon Trail, 1852-1906  (1906),   about 6 reprintings.  The most readable for young people is the so-called Driggs edition, published in 1925 in collaboration with Howard Driggs as Ox Team Days on the Oregon Trail.

Ventures and Adventures (1910)

Uncle Ezra’s Short Stories for Children (1912)

A Busy Life of 85 Years (1915)

Seventy Years of Progress in Washington  (1921)

About Ezra Meeker

Larsen, Dennis M., The Missing Chapters, The Untold Story of Ezra Meeker’s Old Oregon Trail Monument Expedition January 1906 to July 1908, Ezra Meeker Historical Society, 2006

Larsen, Dennis M, Slick as a Mitten, Ezra Meeker’s Klondike Enterprise, WSU Press,  2009

Larsen, Dennis M.  Hop King, Ezra Meeker’s Boom Years, WSU Press, 2016

 Larsen, Dennis M.  Ezra Meeker, A brief resume of his life and adventures, Puyallup Historical Society at Meeker Mansion, 2013

Other Valuable Sources

Oregon Trail

Unruh, The Plains Across; the Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West 1840-1860, U of Illinois, 1993

Pierce County 

Price, Lori and Ruth Anderson, Puyallup a Pioneer Paradise, Arcadia, 2003

Anderson, Ruth, Legendary Locals of the Puyallup Valley, Arcadia, 2013

Bonney, History of Pierce County, Washington, Pioneer Historical Publishing Company, 1927, reprinted by the Pierce County Genealogical Society

Morgan, Murray, Puget’s Sound, A Narrative of Early Tacoma and the South Sound, U of Washington, 1981

Ripley, Thomas Emerson, Green Timber, On the Flood Tide to Fortune in the Great Northwest, American West Publishing, 1968

Books for young readers

Erickson, Paul, Daily Life in a Covered Wagon, Penguin, 199?

Sullivan, Susan Templeton, Bentley’s Tale of the Oregon Trail, Peanut Butter Publishing, Seattle, 1999

Olson, Todd, How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail, My Adventures among Cows, Crooks and Heroes on the Road to Fame and Fortune, National Geographic, 2009

 

 Online Resources

 www.historicoregoncity.org/end-of-the-oregon-trail-history/oregon-trail-history

www.america101.us/trail/Oregontrail.html

edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/oregon-trail

Other Valuable Sources

Oregon Trail

Unruh, The Plains Across; the Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West 1840-1860, U of Illinois, 1993

Pierce County 

Price, Lori and Ruth Anderson, Puyallup a Pioneer Paradise, Arcadia, 2003

Anderson, Ruth, Legendary Locals of the Puyallup Valley, Arcadia, 2013

Bonney, History of Pierce County, Washington, Pioneer Historical Publishing Company, 1927, reprinted by the Pierce County Genealogical Society

Morgan, Murray, Puget’s Sound, A Narrative of Early Tacoma and the South Sound, U of Washington, 1981

Ripley, Thomas Emerson, Green Timber, On the Flood Tide to Fortune in the Great Northwest, American West Publishing, 1968

Books for young readers

Erickson, Paul, Daily Life in a Covered Wagon, Penguin, 199?

Sullivan, Susan Templeton, Bentley’s Tale of the Oregon Trail, Peanut Butter Publishing, Seattle, 1999

Olson, Todd, How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail, My Adventures among Cows, Crooks and Heroes on the Road to Fame and Fortune, National Geographic, 2009

 

 Online Resources

 www.historicoregoncity.org/end-of-the-oregon-trail-history/oregon-trail-history

www.america101.us/trail/Oregontrail.html

edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/oregon-trail