The Last Trail

The Last Trail

A Story of Early Days in the Ohio Valley

Book - 1996
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The Last Trail is the third and final novel in Zane Grey's Ohio River Valley trilogy. In many ways, this concluding volume of the saga is one of perpetuation. The wilderness along the Ohio has been rapidly disappearing. Forests have been replaced by farms. Woodsmen, hunters, and frontiersmen are becoming farmers. This is true, in fact, for almost everyone except that strange and wonderful character, the border Nemesis, the "mysterious, shadowy, elusive man, whom few pioneers ever saw, but of whom all knew," Lew Wetzel.

Known by the Indians as le vent de la mort (the wind of death), Wetzel and his partner Jonathan Zane are hard on the trail of white rustlers led by Simon Girty and Bing Leggitt. One night at their campfire Helen Sheppard and her father, who have become lost in the forest on their way to Fort Henry, are approached by Wetzel and Zane. For Jonathan Zane and Helen Sheppard this accidental encounter is the beginning of a romance that will be fraught with many dangers. Betty Zane, whose dash for gunpowder in the defense of Fort Henry during the Revolutionary War is now legendary, and her brother, Colonel Ebenezer Zane, are also among the characters in The Last Trail , older now, sharing their wisdom and experiences with a younger generation.

The Last Trail was first published in 1909. Two years before, Zane Grey had taken his first journey to the Far West, and it would be in the regions west of the Mississippi that his subsequent Western romances would be set. Yet his frontier trilogy made secure his reputation as a historical novelist.

Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [1996]
Edition: Authorized edition
ISBN: 9780803270633
Branch Call Number: W GREY Z 1996
Characteristics: vii, 300 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.


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