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Title Life of Matthew Teed [manuscript]: Los Angeles, Calif., 1900
Author Teed, Matthew (1828-1904)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Typescript completed on April 17, 1900 by Matthew Teed contains an account of his experiences as a prospector in the western states primarily from 1854 to 1865. Teed’s account includes sections on the following: voyage in 1854 to San Francisco, Calif. via the Nicaragua route, gold mining in Mariposa and part-time employment in Stockton until 1857, his arduous overland trip through southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico to the Colorado gold fields, land speculation in Denver, prospecting, and Indian encounters in Colorado until 1862, and his eventual return to Los Angeles in 1863.
Names Simmons, Louis (fl.1858)
Places Los Angeles, California, Denver, Colorado, San Francisco, Mariposa, Stockton, Arizona, New Mexico, United States
Keywords personal account, history, prospector, gold, mining, travel, travelogue, overland trail, land speculation, pioneer
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area California, Southwest, Great Plains, Great Basin
Additional Information Matthew Teed was born in Devonshire, England on April 17, 1828 and early on received his apprenticeship in the carpenter’s trade. In 1849 Teed immigrated to America seeking his fortune in the California and later Colorado gold mines. After years of unsuccessful prospecting, he settled in Los Angeles during the mid-1860’s and became engaged in building and contracting work. In later years, Teed was elected to the city council, served as park commissioner, and was one of the founders of the Pioneer Society in Los Angeles. He died on March 31, 1904.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference Ayer MS 878
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue