“California Trail”

Author: unknown (Credited in Thorp to "Montana Kate" Childs, 1869)
Earliest date: 1900
Keywords: warning travel hardtimes
Found in: US(So)


A complaint about the troubles of the trail to Mexico: Bad food (e.g. antelope steak), having to cook with buffalo chips rather than wood, fires that burn cooking women, Indians, people who shirk guard duty, etc. The singer advises giving up


  1. Thorp/Fife IV, pp. 58-60 (15-16), "California Trail" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #8051
  3. BI, TF04