THE GOLDEN ELIXIR OF THE WEST
Whiskey and the Shaping of America
The Golden Elixir explores the scores of routes that American whiskey took, beginning with the Lewis and Clark expedition when it was rationed out to the men for good behavior. The trail continues with mountain men like Jim Bridger and Kit Carson who carried whiskey and traded with the native peoples until the practice was banned. Adventurous pioneers, who often risked unknown dangers for want of a better life, free land, and untold riches, utilized abundant amounts of whiskey for their personal use and for trading purposes. It became a business and a way of life.
Author: Sherry Monahan with David and Jane Perkins