Influenced by his travels and observation in the West, Lansford Hastings returned to his home state of Ohio in 1845 producing a guidebook entitled The Emigrants' Guide to Oregon and California. His enthusiastic descriptions, knowledgeable suggestions and sage advice made it a popular refernce for western travelers. The guide's sometimes hyperbolic narrative enticed, informed, and encourages emigrants to take advantage of untapped possibilities by populating the wastern migrantions that included many hearty California-bound settlers such as the Donner and Reed families of Springfield, Illinois.
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