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Title Journal and letters, 1854-1855, 1941
Author Bird, Edwin R.
Document Type Travel Journal; Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Typescripts of Edwin R. Bird’s journal of a trip overland from Naperville, Ill., to the Bear River near the Utah-Wyoming border, Apr. 10 - July 4, 1854, and six letters to his sister, Julia Talbot, Feb. 4 - Nov. 18, rf twenty-six day mountain crossing via the South Pass to the Bear River on July 4. Included are meticulous notes on the weather, trailside graves, Indians, natural features such as Independence Rock, and settlements, forts, and trading posts encountered along the way. A Feb. 4-11, 1855, letter from Montezuma describes Bird’s gold mining with three partners, including a Byron, with whom Bird later opened a store in Columbia in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Letters from Columbia discuss the store, conflicts with Mexicans, and local party politics.
Names Byron
Places Bear River, Independence Rock, Columbia, Montezuma, California, Illinois, United States
Keywords travel, travelogue, personal account, settlement, fort, trading post, gold, mining, trade, Mexican, politics, frontier, livestock
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area California, Northeast, Great Plains, Plateau
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference Ayer MS 3020
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue