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Title Journal [manuscript]: [ca. 1855]
Author Haskell, Daniel Hale
Document Type Travel Journal
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Journal probably compiled by Daniel Hale Haskell after his return to Boston in late 1854, in which he transcribed diaries he kept on overland (1849) and steamship voyages (1851, 1854) to and from San Francisco, California. The overland diary begins Sept. 7, 1849, when the travelling party had reached the remains of the Donner Party camp in the Sierra Nevada, continues via Bear Valley to Sacramento, and ends in San Francisco on Oct. 8, 1849. It contains descriptions of food shortages, wagon travel across mountain ranges, and gold rush Sacramento and San Francisco. The journal of the 1851 voyage from San Francisco to New York describes hardships of travel on the recently inaugurated Nicaragua route via San Juan and Greytown, and an Atlantic voyage plagued by an inexperienced captain, coal and food shortages, and a massive storm. Journals of the 1854 voyages to and from San Francisco describe the Isthmus of Panama route and an encounter with Santa Anna’s fleet, which was blockading the Acapulco harbor.
Places Sierra Nevada, San Francisco, Bear Valley, Sacramento, California, Boston, New York, United States; San Juan, Greytown, Nicaragua
Keywords journey, travel, travelogue, trail, overland trail, wagon train, supplies, gold, gold rush, ship, sea, military, armed forces, navy
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Great Basin, Great Plains, California, Caribbean, Northeast
Additional Information Adams and Company employee, probably from South Boston, Mass., who beginning in 1850 headed the company’s express service branch in San Francisco.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3088
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue