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Oregon National Historic Trail -- History

Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Rosy Antle diary

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230306950]
Identifier: MSS SC 919
Scope and Contents

Photocopied from the typescript of Rosy's diary, this collection consists of a daily account of the affairs, difficulties, deaths, and friendships of the people in a wagon train during the 1860's. She is specific as to time and distance travelled, tolls paid for the passage of the wagon, the weather, and her health, commenting frequently about the heat and that she had a "sick headache."

Dates: 1865

John Brown autobiography and four letters received

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 945
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of Brown's autobiography. Also includes four original letters, one from Augusta Winters Grant, wife of Pres. Grant; and a Relief Society Financial Report for 1892.

Dates: 1892-1913

Crossing the plains with ox teams in 1862

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230320464]
Identifier: MSS SC 2203
Scope and Contents Typescript with handwritten corrections and photocopies of the item. Boquist writes of her journey from Mt. Sterling, Van Buren Co., Iowa to California in 1862. She travelled on the Oregon and California trails staying three days in Salt Lake City, Utah, "a beautiful little city." The local inhabitants came to buy what they had to sell at higher cost than the items were worth, and they were warned by a Mormon widow against the tyrannical rule of Brigham Young saying many "were kept there...
Dates: approximately 1900

Ebeneezer Emory Gore autobiography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230324037]
Identifier: MSS SC 2473
Scope and Contents Typewritten carbon copy of an autobiography with pencilled corrections composed in Lawrence, Kansas in 1904. Gore participated in an overland journey to Jacksonville, Oregon in 1852 and presents many insights into frontier and pioneer life. Gore was familiar with the Mormons in Kirtland, Ohio and in Nauvoo, Illinois. After the Mormons arrived in Kirtland, "the chicken-roosts suffered ... and the herds of stock frequently became reduced." When confronted the Mormons "would acknowledge the...
Dates: 1904

Journal of travels through the American northwest

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230309475]
Identifier: MSS SC 1171
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a transcript. The journal describes the travels of an unnamed individual through the states of Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and California as well as a return trip by sea from California through Panama. The document ends as the author approaches New York City by sea. Through out the journal the author gives descriptions of his surroundings as well as incidents. This item is dated from April 14, 1865 to Nov. 9, 1865.

Dates: 1865

Joseph A. Kuhn letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230323260]
Identifier: MSS SC 2394
Scope and Contents

Handwritten letters dated 1866 and addressed to Kuhn's parents and to other friends and family members. The items were written in Nebraska, Wyoming, and Utah. Kuhn tells about his experiences on the Oregon and the California trails. He writes about meeting Mormons in Salt Lake City and elsewhere in Utah and gives his impressions of them.

Dates: 1866

Overland trail diary

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 1027
Scope and Contents Holograph diary, written in pencil by an unknown author. Item records the author's overland journey by ox team from Keokuk, Iowa to Oakland, California in 1860. The author's company included a handful of families and followed the Oregon Trail through Wyoming, then went through Utah and Nevada. Entries are brief and tell of starting times, distances traveled, and the condition of water and grass in the area. Some entries have been expanded in the back of the volume. A list of bills and...
Dates: 1860-1862

Michael Ranger-Jones letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230309376]
Identifier: MSS SC 1183
Scope and Contents

Handwritten letter composed on May 20, 1850 near the upper crossing of the Platte River. This item was addressed to his wife while he was traveling to the gold fields of California. It describes traveling along the Oregon Trail.

Dates: 1850 May 20

Brigham Young letter to William L. Marcy

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230342682]
Identifier: MSS 815
Scope and Contents Contains photocopies of two handwritten and signed letters dated December 17, 1845 and addressed to William L. Marcy, Secretary of War for the United States. The two items are identical in content, but one appears to be a rough draft of the other. Young petitions the federal government for funds to aid in the westward migration of Mormons from Nauvoo, Illinois, with Vancouver Island as a possible destination. Young requests money to build block houses and stockades on the Oregon Trail and...
Dates: 1845 December 17