Roads, Trails, and Journeys
Many books, films, songs, and web sites deal with the subject
of roads, trails and journeys.
These sites cover regional and national stories.
- Some deal with contemporary roads, trails, and jouneys.
- Some deal with historic trails.
Films: These on a journey or include a journey as part
of the story.
- In The Wizard of Oz Dorothy and her friends
"follow the yellow brick road."
- In Thelma and Louise two women strike out on
their own on an adventure of self discovery.
- In Grapes of Wrath "exodusters" leave
Oklahoma on a journey to a mythic California.
- The documentary, The Donner Party, tells the
story of one of the hardest journeys of all time.
Songs: Many journeys
and trails inspired songs that evoke the American past.
- The early nineteenth century was an age of canal building,
celebrated in the song "Erie Canal"
- Many western songs tell the story of journeys, as
for example, "Goodbye Old Paint (I'm a leaving Cheyenne."
Books: The literature on roads, trails, and journeys covers
a huge range of subjects.
- Scholarly works explore the history of road building
in the growth of the nation.
- Biographies such as Jack Nisbet's David Thompson
tell the story of early explorers in the Northwest.
- Children's books such as The Little House on the
Prairie series tell of family journeys in the West and also include
colorful accounts of railroad building.
- Poems, such as Robert Frost's "Road Not Taken,"
celebrate the many meanings of trails in our culture.