Overland journeys to the Pacific
Found in 77 Collections and/or Records:
Photocopy of a handwritten letter dated 28 June probably in 1854 and written in Fort Laramie, Wyoming. The item was addressed to Dr. C. L. Webster of Elmore, Illinois. Simons describes the overland journey as "long, tedious and tasteless." He also expresses regret for having started the trip.
Photocopy of a handwritten diary. Smith writes of his early life until he started his diary in 1846. He tells about his experiences in the Mormon Battalion and the discovery of gold in California in 1848. Smith also writes about his coming to Utah and his life in Manti, Utah. He also relates incidents in the Black Hawk War when the whites fought the Ute Indians. There are many gaps.
Handwritten diary with photocopies of the item. The manuscript contains an inventory of supplies, an account of Tice's journey across North America in 1850, and a description of his prospecting for gold in California.
Handwritten diary by an unknown person. The item tells of the author's overland journey with the Anknin Company from St. Joseph, Missouri to Fort Kearny, Nebraska in 1849 by mule train. The author gives detailed information about the rigors of camp life, and entries in general are long and descriptive. The Anknin Company explored an abandoned Pawnee village and was also visited by a war party of 300 Dakota Indians, with whom they traded food for moccasins and buffalo robes.