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Overland journeys to the Pacific

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 76 Collections and/or Records:

Azariah Smith diary

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 554
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1846-1912

Job Smith diary and autobiography

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197232489010]
Identifier: MSS 881
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary and autobiography. Smith writes about his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England, his immigration to the United States in 1843, and life at Nauvoo, Council Bluffs, and Winter Quarters. The account is retrospective until 1849 and some of the early materials are written in Pitman shorthand. Smith returned to England in 1849 and served as president of the Bedfordshire Branch for five years. Smith concluded his mission in 1854 and made the...
Dates: 1849-1877

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

Saul F. Stephens letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230309327]
Identifier: MSS SC 1188
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter to his wife describing a segment of the overland journey along the Platte River east of Fort Laramie, Wyoming.

Dates: 1849

Roy Tea papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6107
Scope and Contents Contains research by Tea on Western trails that includes maps of Mormon, explorer, emigration, and Spanish trails from Colorado to California, booklets of Utah monument trails, and information on the Hastings Cutoff Trail in Utah. Also includes various correspondence, newspapers clippngs, photographs, and research notes related to Roy Tea's work as an engineer. Also includes tour guides and books about the Utah area, UDOT manuals and materials guides, Lincoln Highway Forum magazines,...
Dates: approximately 1958-2012

Peter Tice diary

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 154
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1850

Tour to California overland

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 164
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1849

Trip to Montana by wagon train

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 122
Scope and Contents Handwritten journal of Cauthorn's overland journey by wagon train from St. Joseph, Missouri to Virginia City, Montana and Oregon in 1865. Detailed diary entries describe much of the daily routine, weather, and labor involved in the journey. Cauthorn mentions company politics, trouble with Indians, his feelings about leaving his wife and child in Missouri, and a group of Mormons apparently leaving Utah. Upon arriving in Virginia City, Montana, he found the towns almost abandoned, but observed...
Dates: 1865

Joseph C. Walker papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1461
Scope and Contents Collection includes histories, travelogues, correspondence, accounts of early settlers, a genealogical review and other genealogical information, and a chapter from Walker's memoirs. Tells of his travels, 1863-1865, family history and genealogy, Mountain Meadows Massacre, anti-Mormon sentiment in various localities, conditions in Iowa and Montana, an encounter with Reorganized Latter Day Saint Church members, origin of Montana place names, story of T.C. Everts' rescue during the...
Dates: 1864-1907

William Z. Walker diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 969
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary of Walker's overland journey by ox and mule team from Boston, Massachusetts to Sacramento, California in 1849. Daily entries give good description of travelling conditions. Walker describes cholera outbreaks, a variety of disagreements in the company, and attempted trade with 800 Dakota Indians. Walker also passed through Salt Lake City and describes the city and an anniversary dinner which he attended. He mentions being hired by Albert Carrington, a prominent Church...
Dates: 1849