No doubt the California Gold Rush brought more people west than for any other reason.
Annabelle Moon is a sliver of what came after the rush was over. Enter Joseph Kinkaid, the less than successful prospector in constant search of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Enter Annabelle Moon, the lost girl in a vast wilderness who became the rainbow Kinkaid followed.
Historical locations visited in this novel: Bitterroot Mountains, Sacramento, San Francisco, Promontory Point, Hangtown, Carson Pass, Carson City, New York City, Chicago, Omaha, Oregon Trail, California Trail, Snake River.