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Trip to Montana by wagon train

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 122

Scope and Contents

Handwritten journal of Cauthorn's overland journey by wagon train from St. Joseph, Missouri to Virginia City, Montana and Oregon in 1865. Detailed diary entries describe much of the daily routine, weather, and labor involved in the journey. Cauthorn mentions company politics, trouble with Indians, his feelings about leaving his wife and child in Missouri, and a group of Mormons apparently leaving Utah. Upon arriving in Virginia City, Montana, he found the towns almost abandoned, but observed that a fortune could be made in ranching and farming. Cauthorn traveled with his parents and adult siblings. After falling ill in Montana, he accompanied the rest of his family to Oregon. Cauthorn sailed from Oregon to San Francisco, then traveled by steamer to Panama. He crossed the Isthmus of Panama by rail, and the diary ends with Cauthorn one day's travel from New York.


  • 1865


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Trip to Montana by wagon train must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Missouri merchant and farmer.


1 v. ((161 p.) + typescript)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated in 1974.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1974.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription available in Folder 2.

Register of Trip to Montana by wagon train
In Progress
Elisa Visick
2010 June 11
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States