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Oregon National Historic Trail

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

Stillman Churchill diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 663
Scope and Contents Handwritten diaries describing the overland journey from Lowell, Massachusetts to Deer Creek, Wyoming in 1849. Volume 2 concludes Churchill's journey to California. Churchill traveled with the Sagamore and California Mining and Trading Company. After its dissolution in late June, it is likely that the author joined the Oskaloosa Company. Churchill wrote detailed entries about company politics and disagreements, and also described other companies and emigrants he met on the trail. Diary...
Dates: 1849

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...
Dates: 1849-1850

Alphonse B. Day diary

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 658
Scope and Contents

Handwritten account of Day's overland journey from the Missouri River to Oregon in 1849. Diary primarily focuses on travelling conditions: grass, water, and condition of horse and ox teams. A number of companions died from cholera and mountain fever. Day intended to travel to California, but "as I think its impossible to go to California with a team," headed to Oregon instead.

Dates: 1849

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

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

James B. Allen notes on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints history, approximately 1963-1992

 Series — Carton 42: Series 11 [Barcode: 31197227622831]
Identifier: MSS 2183 Series 11
Scope and Contents note

Series contains information regarding the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, particularly information on George Boyd and the Oregon Trail during the mid-1800s. Dated from circa 1963 to 1992.

Dates: approximately 1963-1992

Lodge No. 849 photograph album

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239115170]
Identifier: MSS 9222
Scope and Contents

Contains twelve black-and-white photographs and photograph copies of the original album. Pictured are members of Elks fraternal order from Lodge No. 849 on their way to the Elks' convention in Portland, Oregon. Also contains a picture of a monument dedicated to the pioneers that crossed the Oregon Trail. Dated approximately 1925.

Dates: approximately 1925

Andrew Jackson Poe and Clarence Poe family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 655
Scope and Contents Three volume, leather-bound diary recording Poe's overland journey from Iowa to Oregon and return in 1847-48. Volume 1 is primarily concerned with camping locations and daily mileage. Poe is a terse diarist but does include some details. He writes about seeing 70 Mormon Battalion soldiers and is critical of the Indians, "the most miserable race in the world." Volume 2 mostly describes Oregon's weather. Poe writes "home ward journey" on the first page of volume 3, but according to the...
Dates: 1847-1958

Elijah Allen Spooner letters and diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 662
Scope and Contents Overland diary and fifteen handwritten letters. Most of the letters are addressed to Spooner's wife and were written while on the overland journey by ox team from Adrian, Michigan to Sacramento, California in 1849. Spooner writes of encounters with Indians, buffalo hunting, distaste for Sunday travel, a handful of deaths within his company, and travelling conditions. Spooner also mentions his religious faith in most of the letters. Spooner stopped in Salt Lake City and gives a brief...
Dates: 1849-1850

Tolles family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1576
Scope and Contents Collection contains correspondence of the Tolles family and James Tolles' overland diary from Rushville, Illinois, to California in 1849. Also included is a handwritten copy of the diary made by Tolles' granddaughter, Doris Beard, in 1933. Tolles traveled to California by ox team with his father and brother, Abraham and William Tolles. Daily entries are detailed and describe the nature of the journey and distances traveled. Tolles' company of 40-odd men traded with a group of 2,000 Dakota...
Dates: 1849-1875