Historians and history buffs live for stories of men like Charles Fletcher Lummis. A once-famous, now largely forgotten American journalist, Lummis staked his integrity on such issues as Indian advocacy but made his name by "tramping across the continent", walking from Cincinnati to Los Angeles in 1884. As well-known at times for his eccentric behavior as his tireless work ethic and his commitment to such varied pursuits as journalism, archeology, and social justice, Loomis was a complex, sometimes bewildering figure. Thankfully, author Mark Thompson doesn't give short shrift to any one feature of this man's dynamic character. Narrator Joe Barrett gives a spirited and folksy performance of Thompson's account of this unique and uniquely American man.
Charles Fletcher Lummis began his spectacular career in 1884 by walking from Ohio to start a new job at the three-year old Los Angeles Times. By the time of his death in 1928, the 3,500 mile "tramp across the continent" was just a footnote in his astonishingly varied career: crusading journalist, author of nearly two dozen books, editor of the influential political and literary magazine Out West, Los Angeles city librarian, preserver of Spanish missions, and Indian rights gadfly. Lummis both embodied and defined our vision of the West, and of America itself.