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Title Diary and accounts [manuscript]: 1860 Apr. 16 - Dec. 1
Author Kerwin, M. W.
Document Type Diary; Travel Journal
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Diary and account of an overland journey from Chicago to the Colorado gold mines, and return, Apr. 16 - Dec. 1, 1860. Brief overland entries note daily destinations, mileage, hay and corn prices, and landmarks passed. There are also several sporadic entries regarding travel in the gold region, payment for a mining claim, cash on hand, and quantity of gold mined. Accounts detail expenditures for food, lodging, and supplies.
Names McMullen, Joseph
Places Chicago, Illinois, Colorado, United States
Keywords personal account, travel, travelogue, overland trail, gold, gold rush, account, expenses
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Great Plains, Northeast
Additional Information Colorado gold rush participant. M.W. Kerwin apparently traveled in 1860 to Colorado from Chicago with a company consisting of Joseph McMullen and Mssrs. Cass, Dowling, Lambert, Roydon, and Fulton, who are mentioned in the accounts. From St. Joseph, Mo., they journeyed overland to the Platte River road, and then took the Pike’s Peak trail cutoff to Denver. They mined in the South Park region near Hamilton, Tarryall and the Blue River diggings. At least Kerwin and McMullen returned overland to St. Joseph, and then journeyed by steamboat down the Mississippi to New Orleans and Memphis respectively. Kerwin returned to Chicago on Dec. 1, 1860.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3115
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue