The Journey of the James G. Willie Handcart Company
Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Gary Duane Long
"Why this book: The purpose of this book is to accurately describe the journey of the James G. Willie Handcart Company across what would become the state of Wyoming in October 1856. Following the Company from Fort Laramie in eastern Wyoming to Fort Bridger in southwestern Wyoming, the book traces the company's route and shows their campsites, day by day as they made their way west. There are controversies concerning the locations of important sites associated with the Willie Company. Chief among them are the location where the Company was rescued by relief parties from Utah, and of the mass grave where 15 of the Company members are buried. This book uses a variety of sources, including historic journals and on-the-ground verification, to solve the mystery and put to rest the debate over the correct locations of these important sites. Journal quotes, photographs, maps of each day's travels, and illustrations are used to tell the story so that conclusions are clearly presented to the reader. Why this Book Now: The controversy still rages about the locations of key sites associated with the Willie Company. When people tell the story they usually do so in terms of the itinerary and location of places where events such as deaths, campsites, and burials took place. Historians owe it to the ancestors of the Willie Company as well as to interested people to get the story right." [Author's abstract]