The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters is still a good read, although it was written in 1958. Won a Pulitzer Prize back in the day. It chronicles the adventures of a boy and his father as they migrate from Kentucky to California around the time of the 1849 gold rush. I migrated in the opposite direction 150 years later, minus the wagons and life threatening encounters. Still, we were seeking our fortunes in the modern sense. Relocating for career opportunity. The wagon wheel got me onto this tangent. It's in rough shape, but who knows what adventures it's been through.