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West (U.S.) -- Description and travel

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:

92 days in the saddle

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230325570]
Identifier: MSS SC 2649
Scope and Contents

Typewritten book draft with handwritten corrections. Butler and his wife took a bet to ride on horseback from the Canadian-North Dakota border to the town of Deadwood, South Dakota in twenty days. They actually started near Winnipeg, Canada and rode 1,550 miles to Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 92 days. The item was submitted to the Old Army Press for publication.

Dates: 1976

Kate Dunlap diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 49
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary of Dunlap's overland journey from Lee, Iowa to Montana by horse team in 1864. Dunlap wrote an introduction to the item, dated 30 January 1865, describing Montana and dedicated it to "My friends." Diary entries are very detailed and describe the geography of the overland route, food and camping conditions, encounters with Indian tribes, and trouble with thieves. Dunlap also mentions meeting several disillusioned Mormons. Dunlap's husband served as captain of the company and...
Dates: 1864-1865

Edwin R. Bird diary

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS2628_F1

Edwin R. Bird diary, 1854-1855

 Series — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 31197232569811], Folder: 1-2
Identifier: MSS 2628 Series 1
Scope and Contents Series contains a diary written by Bird, documenting his overland journey to California from April 10, 1854, to July 4, 1854. Diary includes a one paragraph introduction to his sister, Julia Bird Talbot, dated August 5, 185[5]. The text documents Bird's travels from Naperville, Illinois, to Bear River, Wyoming. Although Bird completed the overland journey to California, the diary ends July 4, 1855, with his description of the Bear River region. Included in the Bird diary are descriptions of...
Dates: 1854-1855

William D. Grantham diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 666
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary (64 pages) of Grantham's overland journey from Missouri to Goose Creek, Utah, in 1850 by ox and horse team. Grantham mainly writes about the geography of the trail and daily camp locations. A member of the company died near the Bear River, and Grantham notes the graves he passed. His company also traded with a group of Indians. The diary describes crossing the Platte and Sweetwater Rivers and details the daily routine of overland travel. Includes transcript. Diary is dated...
Dates: 1850

Samuel Guthrie papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197231207702]
Identifier: MSS 1600
Scope and Contents Correspondence, patents, legal documents, genealogies, newspaper articles, obituaries, and historical accounts by or about Samuel Guthrie and other members of the Guthrie family. The correspondence between Samuel Guthrie and his daughter Harriet Guthrie Chamberlain concern personal and family matters and describe Samuel's patents on chloroform and the percussion cap. Items by Alfred Guthrie include information about the steamboat inspection and regulation in the United States and a...
Dates: 1828-1932

Edward Jackson diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2493
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary and typewritten transcript. The diary was transcribed by Jackson's sister, Marion Jackson Gilbert, in 1855. Jackson made the overland journey with mules from Independence, Missouri to Sacramento, California in 1849. Long and descriptive daily entries focus on the nature of the California trail, encounters with Indians, and the condition of forts along the way. Several outbreaks of cholera also occurred. Jackson stopped at Salt Lake City and attended Pioneer Day festivities....
Dates: 1849

M. Bent Alvarez journals

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233291746]
Identifier: Vault MSS 650
Scope and Contents

Diary of an overland journey from Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1845. Also included is a letter from J. X. Aubry to Alvarez acknowledging receipt of his power of attorney and a list of the distances between camp sites on the route from Fort Leavenworth to Santa Fe.

Dates: 1845-1852

T. B. Miller letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230235282]
Identifier: MSS SC 176
Scope and Contents

Handwritten letters plus memorabilia glued into a bound book. The collection consists of a series of letters from Miller to Sir Walter Gilbey of London describing an extensive tour of North American from 5 May to 29 July 1876. Miller was joined by the American journalist, F. B. Thurber. Miller describes majory cities, Ute Indians, a visit with Colorado's governor, William Gelpin, and other aspects of the American West.

Dates: 1876

Overland diary to the Pacific

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230308204]
Identifier: MSS SC 1028
Scope and Contents

Incomplete, handwritten account of an overland passage to California by an unknown author. The diary begins 219 miles east of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and documents the wagon journey to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, along the Oregon Trail. Described are landscape, wildlife, wagon train procedures, and Mormon settlements.

Dates: 1849