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Gordon C. Cone diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 661

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary of Cone's overland journey by ox team from Waukesha, Wisconsin to California in 1849. Cone is a descriptive writer and proud to record "only facts." Diary describes traveling conditions, encounters with Indians, cholera outbreaks, fellow travelers, and government assistance at the end of the trail. Cone also spent time in Salt Lake City and wrote about his unfavorable impressions. After arriving at California, Cone made several trips to Sacramento. Life in California was unsatisfying, despite some success in the mines, and the diary includes Cone's return trip to New York by boat via the Isthmus of Panama.


  • 1849-1850


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 Diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Hardware merchant and county treasurer from Waukesha, Wisconsin, he was also a prospector who participated in the California Gold Rush of 1849.


1 item (215 pages) + 1 typescript (158 leaves)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Diary
Leslie Evens
2011 December 9
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
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