The full content of this document is only available to subscribing institutions. More information can be found via

Title Discovery of Humboldt Bay: a narrative: typescript, [c.1900]
Author Wood, Lewis Keysor (b.1819)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Typescript of a personal account written in 1872 by L.K. Wood of the 1849 expedition led by Capt. Josiah Gregg which discovered Humboldt Bay on Dec. 20, 1849. Wishing to ascertain whether the large and beautiful bay described by Indians really did exist, a group of eight men, led by Dr. Josiah Gregg, left Rich Bar on the Trinity River on Nov. 5, 1849. After enduring mountainous and dangerous terrain, lack of food, the death of many of their mules, and the constant presence of Indians who were sometimes hostile, the group eventually reached the Pacific Ocean. They explored the coastline north and south of San Francisco, until one of the men, David A. Buck of New York, discovered the bay on Dec. 20, 1849. When a controversy arose regarding the route home, Wood and three other men headed off on their own. Wood was severely wounded by a grizzly bear, but his companions refused to abandon him, and they reached Sonoma on Feb. 17, 1850. Of the remaining four men, three survived, reaching the Sacramento Valley a short time later. Capt. Gregg, however, died of starvation en route.
Names Gregg, Josiah (1806-1850)
Places Humboldt County, California
Keywords travel, travelogue, personal account, observation, discovery, expedition, subsistence, supplies, food rations, death, health, livestock, hostility, pioneer, frontier
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area California
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference Ayer MS 1014
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue