Synopsis: Finding the Way; From Prussia to a Prairie Homestead
While serving in the Prussian Army during the Franco Prussian war, Karl Mueller learned about the opportunity to becoming a landowner by homesteading land in America. As the son of a landless peasant family this represented a great opportunity and he decided to immigrate to America. Finding the Way story takes Karl on a long journey in pursuit of his goal to become a landowner in America.
Karl lands in Baltimore and finds he has been robbed of the funds needed to travel west to where land can be homesteaded. A fellow immigrant named Heinrich comes to Karl’s aid and together the two begin a seven year quest as Karl pursues a dream to own land in America. The young men travel to Chicago to work in the meat packing industry where Karl hoped to build a stack for his homestead plans. The unpleasant work and poor pay persuaded Karl and Heinrich to move on to the Wisconsin north woods to work as lumber jacks. While in Wisconsin Heinrich persuades Karl to join in the 1876 Black Hills gold rush, an adventure that includes deadly encounters with Indians, a lively existence in a lawless Deadwood and falling in love with a half-breed Indian woman.
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