As he neared his ninetieth birthday Captain Levi Scott
employed his friend James Layton Collins to help him record his life story, but
the memoir was never published. Now edited and extensively annotated by Oregon
Historical Society member Stafford Hazelett, Scott's autobiography has been
published as Wagons to the Willamette.
An exceptional contribution to Oregon
Trail history, Scott's reminiscence is the only first-hand account by
someone who participated in the search for a southern
route to the Willamette Valley in response to the plea of settlers and the
provisional government for a better, safer way through the Cascades. Scott also
recalls the harrowing first wagon train he led along the route detailing long
stretches of unwatered desert, soda plains, mirages, a heroic mother, dense
timber, and steep canyons.