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Title Items of travel of the Carner families and others across the Plains in 1860 and 1861: from Strawberry Point, Iowa, to Yuba City, California: typescript [1927?]
Author Preston, Leander A. (1838-1907)
Document Type Travel Journal
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Typewritten account, acquired from M.B. Carpenter in 1927 in Ukiah, Calif., of portions of the travel diary of Leander A. Preston, who journeyed with his family across the plains to California, during 1860-1861. Leander Preston, his wife, Mary Carner, their four week-old daughter Ella, and some of his wife’s relatives left Strawberry Point, Iowa on May 15, 1860, in ox wagons. By June 2, the party reached the Missouri River, near Council Bluffs. The diary is incomplete, as Preston tore out the pages between June 7, 1860 and April 28, 1861, and sent them home as a guide to relatives who were planning to head west. The account continues on April 29, 1861, when the travelers left Camp Floyd, Utah, where they had been forced to spend the winter because of hostile Ute Indians. Last entry of the diary is dated June 5, 1861, when the travelers make camp on the Carson River in Nevada. Also included is a short biographical sketch of Preston by Charles A. Carner.
Names Preston, Leander A. (1838-1907); Preston, Mary Carner (fl.1860-1861); Preston, Ella (b.1860)
Places Yuba City, Meridian, Sutter County, California, Strawberry Point, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri River, Council Bluffs, Carson River, Nevada, United States
Keywords travel, diary, account, overland, journey, voyage, geographical survey
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast, Great Plains, Great Basin
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference box Ayer MS 738
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue