On Sidesaddles to Heaven: The Women of the Rocky Mountain Mission

Front Cover
Caxton Press, 1998 - 256 pages
Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press

Laurie Winn Carlson analyzes the lives of the first six white women—missionary wives—to cross the Rocky Mountains, offering a fresh and sometimes startling view of these pioneers. At a time when a woman's fortune and future was tied to the man she married, four of the six women married virtual strangers, on short notice, with no financial security. Why did they take such a gamble?

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

All I can say, based on previewing the beginning of chapter two, is that this author has no intelligence regarding riding sidesaddle whatsoever. She simply has not bothered to do any research concerning the history or art of sidesaddle riding in America or elsewhere. This so put me off what might otherwise be an incredible adventure that I would never buy her book. I don't read authors who cannot be trusted. 


A Womans Place
Changing Times
A Marriage of Convenience
This Adventurous Journey
This Desirable Spot
First Born
Strange Journey
Death at Waiilatpu
End of the Dream

Marys Choice
Second Wave
Full House
Personal Problems
About the Author

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 10 - Waft, waft, ye winds, his story, And you, ye waters, roll, Till, like a sea of glory, It spreads from pole to pole; Till, o'er our ransomed nature, The Lamb for sinners slain, Redeemer, King, Creator, In bliss returns to reign.
Page 10 - What though the spicy breezes Blow soft o'er Ceylon's isle, Though every prospect pleases, And only man is vile ; In vain with lavish kindness The gifts of God are strown ; The heathen in his blindness Bows down to wood and stone.
Page 11 - Sharon there. 2. He'll shield you with a wall of fire, With flaming zeal your breasts inspire, Bid raging winds their fury cease, And hush the tempest into peace. 3. And when our labors all are o'er, Then we shall meet to part no more, — Meet with the blood-bought throng, to fall, And crown our Jesus — Lord of all ! PSALM l U/D1.
Page 47 - Society; the object of which is to aid in the conversion of the world; and that every member of the Church is a member for life of said Society, and bound in maintenance of his Christian character, to do all in his power for the accomplishment of this object.
Page 11 - Immanuel's name ; To distant climes the tidings bear, And plant the rose of Sharon there. 2 He'll shield you with a wall of fire, With holy zeal your hearts inspire, Bid raging winds their fury cease, And calm the savage breast to peace.
Page 25 - there will come from the rising sun a different kind of men from any you have yet seen, who will bring with them a book, and will teach you everything, and after that the world will fall to...
Page 94 - ... fall in the river where we are obliged to make a portage of a mile. The boat was towed along by the rocks over the falls with a rope. This is another great place for Salmon fishery. A boat load was just ready for Vancouver (as we} arrived. I saw an infant here whose head was in the pressing machine.30 This was a pitiful sight.
Page 94 - On its forehead lay a small, square cushion, over which was a bandage drawn tight around, pressing its head against the board. In this position it is kept three or four months or longer, until the head becomes a fashionable shape.
Page 178 - Catholicism is now making his appearance, & the errors of that church are beginning to be diffused among this people. At this very moment the Catholic priest is at Walla Walla instructing the people & the Indians are gathering together there to listen to the false doctrines which he inculcates. Already has the priest denounced us because we have wives & the people told that they are going to hell because they are unbaptised.

About the author (1998)

Laurie Winn Carlson is the author of several successful books and was named 1993 Idaho Writer of the Year by the Idaho Writers League. Her articles have been published in several magazines and newspapers. She is a member of the Western Writers of America, Women Writing in the West and served on the Idaho Public Television advisory board. She is a Cheney, Washington resident.

Bibliographic information