The Wagon Master's Tale

by Paul and Marcelline Burke


Book Details

Danger, Terror, and Hardships: The Price of Yearning For the Golden West…

The Beale Trail was named after the surveyor who accepted the federal government’s request for a safe and speedy route across much of the Southwest for wagon trains and the pony express. California was beginning to entice Easterners and Midwesterners to seek their fortunes in the new lands. Up until Beale undertook the task of surveying and mapping such a route, travelers were at a disadvantage. Passage was extremely difficult due to mountains, deserts, and uninhabited regions without access to needed supplies, and the threat of Indian attacks was always imminent. This tale, although purely and entirely fiction, resonates with the truth of the first few “pilgrimages” that were made across country on the Trail. The characters in the story are fictional and have no connection to those of the unfortunate travelers who lost their lives in the first early attempt to reach California. Readers of this narrative might enjoy reading about the Beale Trail, the massacre that occurred, and the history that followed the wagon trains that ventured to take this route to the gold fields, etc., of California.


About the Author

Paul and Marcelline Burke

The Burkes, Paul and Marcelline, are residents of Sedona, Arizona, a beautiful spiritual vortex known throughout America and, in fact, the world. The splendid red rocks and perfect climate have nurtured many souls for centuries and have engendered a myriad of fascinating experiences for the Native Americans who feel this area is the “spiritual center of their universe.” As professionals, the Burkes have spent much of their lives involved in ranching, land management, teaching, and animal husbandry. These occupations, but more accurately, vocations have resulted in two individuals who value the earth mother and the history of the Southwest. They spend their days hiking the back country, raising their four dogs, metal detecting, and studying the history of the Southwest. Two children, a handful of grandchildren, and one great grandchild round out their extended family. Their goal is to spend their retirement traveling throughout the Southwest in their RV becoming steeped in the culture of the people and land they encounter and subsequently writing about these experiences.