March 10, 1850:
I have never had my own book to write in, but I have one now. I am to keep a record of our journey. We are going all the way from Illinois to California in a covered wagon. Pa says there is good, rich farmland in California. Mother says it is the end of the world. I wonder which is true.
- Rachel, age 10
Rachel's Journal: The Story of a Pioneer Girl follows the story of young Rachel and her family as they travel across the country on the Oregon Trail. The terrain is rough and the seven-month trip is filled with adventure. Rachel's own handwritten journal chronicles every detail and features cherished "pasted-in" mementos gathered along the way.