Written in 1848 and based on the travels of John Lanman, this article contains an excerpt from Lanman's book, Letters from the Alleghenies. This is the fourth article in a series by The State, detailing the mountains and western portion of the state prior to the Civil War. The first part of this series can be found in the September 1954 issue, Volume 22, Number 8, pages 10-11, 45. The second is in the September 1954 issue, Volume 22, Number 9, pages 10-12, 48. The third is in the October 1954 issue, Volume 22, Number 10, pages 14-15, 27.