To the Golden Gates
by Robert Louis Stevenson from Across the Plains
Robert Louis Stevenson traveled across the United States in 1879. He had journeyed from his native Great Britain to New York, then took a train trip to San Francisco. He wrote about this long trip in his travelogue “Across the Plains.” In this passage, Stevenson’s train leaves the desert and approaches San Francisco. Students will use context clue and analytical skills to answer questions on Stevenson’s use of language.