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Across the Fence: Amanda
April 03, 2014 M. Timothy Nolting   

Courtesy photo - The Nebraska Historical Society’s replacement marker for Amanda Lamme’s gravesite. The original headstone lays in pieces in the foreground.

In 1850 more than 35,000 seekers of fortune converged on the ‘Queen City of the Trails’ known as Independence, Missouri. The glitter of gold had sparked a fever across the continent that could only be cured by going west, west to California. The year before, 1849, had seen more than 30,000 pioneers load their wagons, yoke their teams and strike off on a journey that would take nearly five months to cover more than 1,700 miles. It was a journey fi...

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