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Title Journal [manuscript]: across the plains in 1859, 1859 Mar. 8 - Aug. 23
Author Wilkinson, J. A.
Document Type Travel Journal; Diary
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Diary written by J.A. Wilkinson between Mar. 8 and Aug. 23, 1859 relating his experiences with an emigrant party of twelve men on the overland trail to California. Wilkinson’s diary of his 169 day journey across the continent from Dowagiac, Mich. to Hanks Corner, Calif., via Fort Kearney, South Pass, Hudspeth Cutoff to City of Rocks, and the Humboldt-Carson route to Virginia City, includes information on daily life on the trail, river crossings, Indian encounters, trading posts, and the recently discovered gold and silver mines of Virginia City.
Places Pikes Peak, Dowagiac, Michigan, Hanks Corner, California, Fort Kearney, South Pass, Hudspeth Cutoff, City of Rocks, Virginia City, Nevada, United States
Keywords travel, travelogue, personal account, overland trail, observation, trade, gold, mining, prospecting, commerce, business, pioneer, frontier, subsistence
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast, Great Plains, Great Basin, California
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 981
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue