The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934 Page: 150
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
agrees with the editor, as this reviewer does. To the critics who
are criticized it will be less pleasant, and probably less convinc-
ing. Professor Hulbert's conviction is that Pike's expedition
was what it purported to be, a geographical reconnoissance in
search of the sources of the Red River. As to the value of Pike's
Journal, the editor says: "The record formulated from his notes,
published in 1810, opened the eyes of Americans to the West as
nothing had done before."
The Journal, extending chronologically from July 15, 1806, to
February 26, 1807, and geographically from Belle Fontaine, on
the Missouri, to the upper Rio Grande, is published with run-
ning editorial comment, following the diary day by day and iden-
tifying the geographical landmarks noted by Pike.
To the reviewer the series seems to promise great usefulness to
all who admit a serious or casual interest in the development of
the West. The editing is of that fine penetrating and discrim-
inating quality that inspires confidence and adds immeasurably
to the value of the documents.
"Under the general title Southwest on the Turquoise Trail we
gather into one volume the scattered, but vital, records of the
Couriers who first broke open for white men the historic path-
way through the Cimarron Desert to Santa Fe and beyond, known
popularly as the 'Santa F6 Trail.'" Thus Professor Hulbert in-
troduces the second volume of his series. The volume is arranged
in two parts: in the first part are, included. selected diaries of
the journey to Santa F6 (usually starting from a point on the
Missouri River); in the second part are diaries of the extension
of the Santa F Trail to Chihuahua and California.
The bibliographical survey runs from 1810, where that of the
first volume ended, to 1825. It covers not merely books of west-
ern travel published during the period, but also magazine articles
and reviews of books. Most of the magazine comment is ex-
tracted from English journals. The most interesting portion of
the bibliographical survey is the condensed account (pages 15-40),
by Edwin James of Long's expedition, in 1820, of the first ascent
of Pike's Peak-discovered by Pike, but not named by him for
The diaries of the Santa F6 Trail make no pretense of com-
prehensiveness. They are selected with a view to giving an ade-
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Texas State Historical Association & Barker, Eugene C. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934, periodical, 1934; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101094/m1/163/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.