Traveling west demanded courage. Early settlers were up against hunger and thirst, heat and cold, disease and danger almost every step of the way. Even the appearance of the landscape was daunting.
“It was so big it was almost frightening to people who had never seen mountains like that, or desert or plains, or that big sky,” said Brandon Marie Miller. “They really had to come to terms with big space.”
Among those hardy souls who made homes in the West were women from many walks of life.