'Heavy footsteps stomped up the wooden step and onto the back porch. The screen door banged behind him. Bright blue eyes sparkled with excitement. In a booming voice, he asked, 'Does anyone here want to move to Kansas?'' Ephraim Von Horne felt the longing to search for new lands, much as his own grandfather had done some years previous when he left Europe with his family to find a new home in America. On a trip to Kansas in 1869, Ephraim found the perfect spot rthwest of the small village of Wichita. Proudly, he planted his sign: 'Homestead.' After returning home full of hope, he, his wife, and his family put their departure plans in motion. Inspired by the journey of an actual family, The Homestead Trail takes the reader on an exciting and enlightening trip across the United States. Learn of the Golden Spike era of the railroads; an adventuresome riverboat trip up the Missouri River; the excitement of the Pony Express; the heart-stopping nearness of the Longhorn cattle drives; the glamour of the 'wind wagons, ' and the stark reality of the Santa Fe Trail.